World Expo 2020

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October 28, 2021

Expo 2020 (Arabic: إكسبو 2020) is a World Expo scheduled to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It was originally to be held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bureau international des Expositions, as well as the organizing committee, with the support of many countries including France by the voices of the Compagnie française des expositions (Cofrex), are studying the possibility of a postponement. A vote was organized between April 24 and May 29, 2020, to rule on a possible postponement. The postponement decision was finally announced by the BIE on May 4, 2020 and the exhibition will be held from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Officially, the exhibition retains the 2020 vintage like other international events such as 2020 Summer Olympics or Euro 2020.

The Dubai Expo

Selection of the organizing city

On November 26 and 27, 2013, the 153rd session of the Bureau international des Expositions was held with a view to electing the city to host the 2020 Universal Exhibition. The other cities competing for the exhibition were: Izmir São Paulo Yekaterinburg The city of São Paulo proposed the theme “Power of Diversity, Harmony for Growth” (Power of Diversity, Harmony for Growth) for an Exhibition which was to cover 502 hectares. Eliminated in the first round of voting, São Paulo would have been the first city in Latin America to host a Universal Exhibition. The theme “New Routes to a Better World / Health for All” proposed by Turks in Izmir follows the Health for All symposium held in October 2013 in this city. Izmir's candidacy was rejected in the second round. The Russian city of Yekaterinburg, whose proposed theme was "The Global Mind", saw its candidacy rejected in the final round, obtaining only 47 votes against 116 for Dubai.

The Dubai Theme

The UAE has chosen the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” with the sub-themes being sustainability, mobility and opportunity. "In today's highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is essential," announced, in order to promote this theme and push for the candidacy of its capital, the Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed ben Rachid Al Maktoum. It is therefore the Emirati project which, on November 27, 2013, was appointed to organize the 2020 Universal Exhibition.

The celebration of the vote

Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020 on November 27, 2013. To celebrate the victory, fireworks were fired from the Burj Khalifa. A national holiday is declared the next day for all educational establishments across the country [ref. necessary]. Sheikh Mohammed ben Rachid Al Maktoum promises that Dubai will "amaze the world" in 2020.

Organization and forecasts

The World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will thus be the first to take place in the MENA & SA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia). According to some experts, the organization of the world fair and the preparations for it are expected to result in 277,000 new jobs in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, an injection of nearly $ 40 billion into the economy is predicted and visitors will increase by at least 25 million and up to 100 million. For his part, the Director General of the Municipality of Dubai, Hussain Nasser Lootah, says he has the largest laboratory in the region and can easily research new materials and technologies needed for construction. In 2016, the gold

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