Expo 2020

EXPO Dubai 2020
Overview
BIE-class Universal exposition
Category International Registered Exhibition
Location
Country United Arab Emirates
City Dubai
Timeline
Awarded November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Opening October 20, 2020 (2020-10-20)[1]
Closure April 10, 2021 (2021-04-10)[1]
Universal editions
Previous Expo 2015 in Milan
Next Expo 2025 in TBD
Specialized expositions
Previous Expo 2017 in Astana
Next Expo 2022
Horticultural expositions
Previous 2019 World Horticultural Exposition in Beijing
Next Floriade 2022 in Almere
Internet
Website [expo2020dubai.ae]

Expo 2020, is a Universal scale Registered Exposition time slot sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), Paris on 27 November 2013. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates won the right to hold Expo 2020.

Parameters

As a Registered Exposition it may be a maximum of six months in length and adhere to a wide universal theme that applies to all humanity. Past themes of Universal Expositions include "Man and His World" Montreal Expo 67, and "Discovery" Seville Expo 92.

Bids and bidding

Once one city had lodged a bid with the BIE other cities had six months to respond. The earliest allowed time to lodge a bid was 2011, and the latest 2014. With an early 2011 bids to the BIE, Izmir of Turkey and Ayutthaya of Thailand initiated the six-month window for other cities to bid. This window closed on 2 November 2011, at which point 5 cities had lodged their bids with the BIE, with Dubai making a last minute entry. The BIE voted on the winning host city on 27 November 2013.

Five cities originally bid for the slot for a world's fair in 2020, with four remaining: Dubai, UAE; Ekaterinburg, Russia; Izmir, Turkey; or São Paulo, Brazil. Expo 2020 will represent a first as a Middle Eastern destination will be hosting the event for the first time.[2]

The following cities lodged bids to the BIE for hosting the 2020 EXPO:

Dubai

UAE selected the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

"In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a single human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance." Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in support of the bid.

The World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will be the first to be held in the MENA & SA (Middle East and North Africa & South Asia) region.

On 27 November 2013, when Dubai won the right to host the expo 2020, fireworks erupted at the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. A national holiday was declared the following day for all educational institutions across the country. The Dubai Ruler promised Dubai would "astonish the world," in 2020. The staging of the world fair and the preparations leading are up to it are expected to result in 277,000 new jobs in the UAE, an injection of nearly $40 billion into the economy, and an increase in visitors of at least 25 million and up to 100 million.[10]

The world's tallest commercial tower to be built in Dubai, in Jumeirah Lake Towers, was given the name "Burj 2020" in honour of the World Expo 2020.

There are reports which have analysed the recent economic downturn and predict that World Expo 2020 held in Dubai, will lead to a property bubble, which might have far reaching consequences.[11] Additionally, there is a Facebook page, which aims to highlight the prevailing sub-standard Human Rights conditions as well as the general attitudes towards foreign workers.[12]

Yekaterinburg

The Russian bid The Global Mind would have run from May 1 to October 31, and would have been the second largest expo (after 2010 in Shanghai) and intended to "survey world opinion through seven universal questions"[13]

İzmir

The Turkish bid had a theme of New Routes to a Better World / Health for All and would have run from April 30 to October 31.[14] A Health for All symnposium was held in October 2013 for BIE delegates and was to discuss health issues across the world.[15]

São Paulo

A Brazilian expo would have been called Power of Diversity, Harmony for Growth, run from May 15 to November 15 and would have covered 502 hectares.[16] If it had won it would have be the first Latin American country to host an expo.[17]

São Paulo was eliminated from contention after the first round of votes. Izmir was knocked out in the second. Yekaterinburg lost to Dubai in the third and final round of voting.

References

  1. ^ a b "Expo 2020 Dubai, First World Expo in the Middle East". Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "ExpoMuseum / Expo 2020, Ayutthaya, Thailand; Dubai, USA; Izmir, Turkey; Sao Paulo, Brazil; or Yekaterinburg, Russia". Expomuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  3. ^ [www.expoizmir-2020.org]
  4. ^ [www.expoizmir-2020.org]
  5. ^ "Russia to propose Yekaterinburg as Expo 2020 venue | Business | RIA Novosti". En.rian.ru. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Yekaterinburg, new candidate for World Expo 2020". Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Portal da Prefeitura da Cidade de São Paulo". Prefeitura.sp.gov.br. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Sao Paulo, new candidate for World Expo 2020". Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "København vil huse verdensudstilling | www.b.dk". Berlingske.dk. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Dubai wins right to host Expo 2020". ’’Big News Network’’. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Batrawy, Aya. "Dubai world Expo bid stirs worry of second bubble". Huffington Post. 
  12. ^ [www.facebook.com]
  13. ^ "Ekaterinburg - Russia". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Izmir - Turkey". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  15. ^ . "Health For All Symposium". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sao Paulo - Brazil". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "The theme – São Paulo Expo 2020". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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