World Expos, formerly known as World Fairs, are one of the oldest global events.
The first Expo was held in London in 1851.
Since then, nations of the world have come together at regular intervals to showcase the best of their ingenuity, creativity, and potential for positive growth and collaboration.
Numerous household goods have been launched at Expos through the years, including the lawnmower, the washing machine, Heinz tomato ketchup, the telephone, television and IMAX. The Eiffel Tower was built to mark the occasion of the Paris Expo in 1889, while the Ferris Wheel was debuted at the Chicago Expo in 1893.
Expo 2020 Dubai takes place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. It is the first ever World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.
192 countries will take part.
Expo 2020 will take place in the Expo Village in the Dubai South district, on a site measuring more than half the size of Dublin’s Phoenix Park.
The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, with three sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.
These themes will be reflected in the programme of events and activities that will take place across the Expo site during the six month programme.
The Irish pavilion is well-located in the Mobility pavilion, near Jubilee Park, a central entertainment venue with capacity for 15,000 people.
Participating in Expo 2020 is a unique, unparalleled opportunity to promote Ireland to a global audience of 25 million visitors and to open the door to new contacts, new markets and new collaborations.
For more information, check out the Expo 2020 website.