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Expo is an exhibition where participants from different countries can show the world their best inventions in various spheres such as science, technology, industry and art.

The history showed how some of the exhibits changed our lives. The first mobile phone presented in the 1970 Osaka World’s Fair became a base of what we call smartphones today.

In 2013, Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020 and the exhibition site was placed between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The initial dates for the event were October 2020 to April 2021, but due to the coronavirus pandemic it was decided to postpone the exhibition to October 1, 2021. It will last six months and end on March 31, 2022.

According to the official Expo 2020 website, there are a total of 57 countries participating and for the first time in World Expo history every country will have its own pavilion.


Expo is an important event for any hosting country. The World Expo in Dubai is the first one of its kind in the MEASA region (Middle East, Africa and South Asia), according to the official website of the event. Based on a report of consultancy company Ernst & Young, the impact of Expo on Dubai’s economy should be divided into three periods – pre-Expo, during the Expo and its legacy in the next decade. It’s estimated that the exhibition will contribute approximately AED 122.6 billion (USD 33.3 billion) to Emirates’ economy during those periods.

The pre-Expo period covers the time from 2013 when Dubai won the right to host the World Expo and to 2021 when the event will take place. The biggest sphere that will impact Dubai’s economy is the construction sector with site preparation and facilities and infrastructure development. Events organization, business services, transport and communication also contribute a lot to the general value of the Expo. An estimated AED 37.7 billion (USD 10.2 billion) will be impacted on the country’s economy during the pre-Expo period.

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