Connecting Minds, Creating the Future
is the chosen theme for the World Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE
Dubai, city of UAE, is also a city of the world. Dubai’s success comes in part thanks to its being geographically blessed; Dubai and the UAE enjoy a strategic location between Asia, Europe and Africa, a position that provides optimum trading conditions and means UAE is poised to take advantage of the world’s fastest growing economies of China and India. UAE continues to enjoy growth, even in globally difficult economic times; real GDP growth in the UAE is expected to reach 3.3 per cent in 2011 (source: Business Monitor International), an increase on a previous prediction of 3 per cent.
The bold and visionary leadership of successive rulers has built on UAE’s geographic fortitude to give us an enviable capability and infrastructure. With an increasingly pivotal role in the global economy, we know our continued progress depends on the interconnectedness, interdependence and cooperation of people all around the world.
For two and a half millennia the Gulf coast has been a crossroads of the world. From the Persian Royal Road to the Han Dynasty’s Silk Road, from the trading posts of the nineteenth century to the hypermodernity of today’s UAE, people have always come together here. They come together to trade: Dubai and the UAE are preeminently a trading hub. But people also come here to share ideas and experience – and to find inspiration.
Coming together lies at the heart of who we are and what we do. Our passion for bringing people together drives our desire to bring the World Expo for the first time to the region and to the UAE.
2021 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the United Arab Emirates. Yet fifty years makes the UAE one of the youngest countries at the world, with one of the youngest populations – 50% is under twenty. The 2020 Expo gives Dubai and the UAE the chance to come of age and make a lasting mark on the world stage.
The rapid development of Dubai and the UAE shows what is possible here. We will see the same energy and can-do enthusiasm that has built this city, in microcosm at the Expo site.
The UAE is logistically ready to fulfill the ambition of a World Expo. Two thirds of the world’s population now lives within an eight-hour flight of Dubai. Just under nine million visitors came here last year. 80,000 hotel rooms – and counting – will keep visitors comfortable during their visit to the Expo. Unrivalled connectivity, superb logistics and infrastructure are at the heart of our bid.
Philosophically, politically, creatively, logistically Dubai is already coming together – to deliver a World Expo that will inspire everyone who experiences it and live long in the collective memory.
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The World Expo is one of the world’s oldest and largest international events; it takes place every five years and lasts for up to six months (in 2015 will be held in Milan, Italy). Participants include states, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens. Dubai Expo 2020 would attract new opportunities not only for Dubai and the UAE, but across the Gulf region and the world, establishing new partnerships and creating a lasting experience for everyone who visits and participates.
An economic impact study realized by Oxford Economics about Dubai Expo 2020 reports the total economic output across the Dubai economy would amount to 28.8 billion Euros, and would create over 277,000 jobs between 2013 and 2021. As the global community faces ever more complex, and increasingly interconnected challenges, the links between people, societies and ideas have never been more important. Dubai Expo 2020 will be a platform for connectivity to help pioneer new partnerships for growth and sustainability for the future.
The size of the site for the World Expo is unlimited and participants may build their own pavilions.
World Expo is further characterized by the broad scope of the chosen theme, which must be of universal concern to all of humanity.
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) (International Exhibitions Bureau) is the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos. Expos must be able to not only provide a benchmark for the human progress made in a given domain but also propose a roadmap for the way forward – and the BIE works to ensure this.
The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris, France in 1928, which established the rights and responsibilities of the Expo organizers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention.
As the international governing body of Expos, the BIE provides the regulatory framework for these prestigious global events, in which countries, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens participate.
The BIE’s mission is to maintain the integrity and quality of Expos so that they may continue to educate the public and promote innovation in the service of human progress.
In today’s rapidly evolving society there is one constant – the power of the human mind.
Well before the invention of the written word, printing and now the internet, it is the human mind that has shaped society through discussion, debate and ultimately decision making. Whilst technology is the enabler for the modern world, it is still people’s decision making abilities that shape life today and tomorrow.
Each individual human mind is a powerful tool, but it is when minds connect that real change takes place. This is played out at every level of society, from the family unit, through to friendships, to how people dwell and connect in towns and cities, right through to the identity and culture of a nation.
Nothing shapes the world like the imagination.
Sometimes, with all the challenges we face, it is easy to overlook this astonishing evolutionary success story. And while human success presents immense challenges across the coming centuries, it is human imagination and creativity that remains the best hope for progress and peaceful co-existence in the generations to come.
Formulating a theory. Falling in love. Starting a business. Bringing up a family. Persuading an audience. Trying out an idea. Taking a stand. Writing a poem or an equation. Forming a friendship. Founding a city. Building a nation.
So much that is best about being human depends on making a connection.