BIE signs See Agreement with UAE Government

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today signed the Expo 2020 Dubai See Agreement. This agreement aims to facilitate participation at Expo 2020 Dubai by serving as a legal framework to guarantee the privileges and special conditions for official participants in the Expo.

BIE signs Expo 2020 Dubai See Agreement with UAE Government 

The agreement was signed during a meeting between the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, and Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, in the presence of the Ambassador of the UAE to France, H.E. Omar Ghobash.

After the signature, the Secretary General of the BIE commented: “Following the election of the UAE as host country of World Expo 2020 in 2013 and its registration by the General Assembly in 2015, the signing of the See Agreement is a key milestone that strengthens the formal partnership between the BIE and the Government of the UAE and establishes the legal framework for the presence of the participants.”

BIE signs Expo 2020 See Agreement with UAE Government

As the host country of the next World Expo, the Government of the UAE commits to create the necessary conditions for the 180 official participants expected to take part in Expo 2020. The timing of the agreement is significant as construction of the first international pavilions is due to begin next month, with many countries having already appointed national commissioners.

The See Agreement – known as Accord de Siège in French – paves the way for the host country of an Expo to create the conditions for international participation, in line with BIE rules. The first such See Agreement was signed with the Government of Spain ahead of Expo 2008 Zaragoza.

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy addressing the 159thGeneral Assembly of the BIE

Expo 2020 Dubai presents Progress Report to the 159th General Assembly

At the 159th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), held in Paris on 15 June 2016, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy reported the progress made by the United Arab Emirates in the organisation of Expo 2020 Dubai. Several aspects of the Expo were emphasised, including the development of the Expo site, the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and partnership and engagement programs.

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy addressing the 159thGeneral Assembly of the BIE

H.E Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State of the UAE for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, informed delegates about the progress that has been made on the Expo site since November 2015, when Expo 2020 Dubai was formally registered at the last General Assembly of the BIE. Some 4.3 million m3 of sand has already been moved to prepare for construction, and the entire Expo 2020 team has moved into new on-site offices, bringing it closer to the action.

Besides the practical elements of planning an Expo, H.E. Reem Al Hashimy drew on the Expo’s theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, stating that the UAE’s aim is to bring people together. She added that “success comes from people and from nations, creating inspirational experiences, and forging transformative relationships.” The sub-themes of the Expo – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – enrich the theme and offer the widest scope to each participant.

Expo 2020 Dubai presents its Progress Report in front of the BIE presidency at the 159th General Assembly

Preparations for the Expo at this stage also include initiatives to engage local communities and youth, with the latter forming “a distinct and strategically important audience”. Organisers have created the annual Youth Connect festival to inspire and give confidence to the next generation by means of various experiences. It is a program designed by youth for youth, and the feedback will be used to create content and communication programs that are seen as key success factors for the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Engagement with business is also under way - the Expo 2020 Dubai Procurement Portal provides updated information to companies, giving them opportunities to participate at the Expo. As a result, around 4,500 companies (mostly SMEs) from 76 different nations have already registered to participate in Expo 2020.

Additionally, Expo 2020 organisers have recently announced three ‘Premier Partnerships’ with global firms - Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, and DP World. The partnership with telecoms group Etisalat will allow the Expo to offer high-tech digital experiences as well as Wi-Fi access to 300,000 people per day, “creating the fastest, smartest site on Earth.” The partnerships with Emirates Airlines and port operator DP World will play a key role in attracting visitors, of which 70% are expected to travel to the Expo by international transport. Each of these three Premier Partners will have their own pavilion at the Expo, and each will help create a global platform to promote the UAE and Expo 2020.

Dubai formally granted Expo 2020 at BIE General Assembly

The UAE was formally registered today as the host nation of Expo 2020, two years after Dubai won the bid.
The 168 member states that make up the general assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) head-quartered in Paris have officially ratified the UAE's registration dossier.

The comprehensive document details plans for the site (Master Plan), the theme and its subthemes, financial structure, plans for the pavilion sites, infrastructure, facilities and use of structures once the expo ends.

Now that the document is registered, construction work can begin on the 438-hectare site area in Dubai South earmarked and the UAE government can officially invite countries to participate in Dubai Expo 2020.

Under the theme 'Connecting minds, Creating the Future', Expo 2020 will launch the UAE's golden jubilee celebrations.

Members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee led by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum attended the 158th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) for this historic chapter in Dubai's journey to 2020.

To symbolically mark Dubai's formal appointment, the BIE President Mr. F. Nagy and the BIE Secretary-General Mr. V. Loscertales officially handed over the BIE flag. to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Mr. Loscertales, added, "As the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, we look forward to what we believe will be a meaningful moment in history, not only for this young nation and the BIE, but also for the wider region and indeed, the world."

Dubai Expo 2020 is planned to open its gates on 20 October 2020; it will be the first World Expo to take place in the MENASA (Middle-East, North Africa, South Asia) region.

The BIE on an official visit to Dubai

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, arrived yesterday in Dubai for a two-day working trip on Expo 2020. Mr. Loscertales was officially received by the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee.

Vicente Loscertales and Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum - Source Expo 2020 DUbai

Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales and Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum - Source Expo 2020 Dubai

This is the first official visit of the BIE to Dubai since the UAE won the right to host Expo 2020 in November 2013. During this trip, the Higher Committee has updated the BIE on the progress made in the preparation of the registration dossier.

The dossier is a crucial step in the preparation of an Expo as it officialises the project by defining clearly and precisely all aspect of the event. Many important issues were addressed such as the Expo theme, the site, transportation, security, visitor strategy, business operations, communications and promotion, the funding strategy and the regulations.

As reported by the Dubai-based newspaper the Khaleej Times, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee Chairman, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, stated "We are pleased to continue our strong collaborative relationship with the BIE and welcome their affirmation, support and unique insight in ensuring that Expo 2020 Dubai meets all requirements for the Registration Phase and becomes a truly exceptional World Expo. This visit further supports our commitment to ensure Expo 2020 Dubai is a global platform for partnerships aimed at charting a sustainable course for humanity on our common journey to 2020 and beyond."

“The theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future defines Dubai”, Interview with Helal Al Marri

Last November, the UAE was elected by the BIE member states to host Expo 2020 in the international business and tourism hub of Dubai. The organizing committee is now at full throttle to prepare for the event. The next step is the submission of the registration dossier to the BIE in about a year, which will officially allow the UAE to build its Expo and invite countries to participate. Helal AL MARRI, Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Member of the Dubai Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee, tells us about the Expo project.

BIE: Dubai won the right to host the 2020 World Expo last November and you are preparing the registration dossier. What steps of the dossier are you currently working on?

Helal Al Marri: Since winning the Expo late last year, we have been working hard on the planning process and organizing our work for the next 6 years. In terms of the registration dossier we are focusing on all issues in parallel as the same teams that worked on the bid have continued through and been strengthened by additional people. The masterplanning has continued, our stakeholder engagement has continued and we are very confident the dossier will be ready for next year.

How would you define the theme "connecting minds, creating the future"?

When I think of the theme, I think of Dubai. Dubai is fuelled by the philosophy of the theme. It is a place that brings the world together to share ideas and to work together on the challenges the future may hold. We all share the same future and we are convinced that it is only through collaboration that we can find new solutions. The subthemes of our Expo are 3 tangible challenges to which we should apply this philosophy: sustainability, mobility, economic development and job opportunity.

What are your plans for the post-expo ?

As we move towards post 2020 and the Expo site enters its new phase of life we will utilize the assets that are built there such as the exhibitions and entertainment facilities, to create a smart city that will become a benchmark for the rest of the world. This smart city will allow the development of the Dubai Trade Center activities and become a key player in the exhibitions and conference business. It will also ensure the right hospitality offering and a new gateway to the new airport of Dubai that will be the largest airport in the world.

a view of Dubai

The UAE has been elected As the Host Country of the World Expo 2020


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On November 27th, 2013, at 5:30 pm,

The United Arab Emirates has been elected As the Host Country of the World Expo 2020

by the BIE Members States during the General Assembly.


EXPO 2020 will be held in the City of Dubai from October 20th, 2020 to April 10th, 2021 with the theme « Connecting Minds, Creating the Future »

First Voting Round (by secret ballot using electronic vote)
Abstentions : 1

Brazil : 13 votes
United Arab Emirates : 77 votes
Russia : 39 votes
Turkey : 33 votes

Second Voting Round
Abstentions : 1

United Arab Emirates : 87 votes
Russia : 41 votes
Turkey : 36 votes

Third and last Voting Round
Abstentions : 1

United Arab Emirates : 116 votes
Russia : 47 votes

The Bureau International des Expositions wishes to thank and congratulate the candidates, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Turkey, for the quality of their projects and their presentations as well as for the efforts supplied by the teams of each country and each city, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Ekaterinburg and Izmir, for carrying out their projects with cordiality and harmony.

Expo 2020 competition: all about the 4 candidates

The BIE member states will vote for the host of Expo 2020 during the organization's General Assembly on November 27th. Click on the links below to learn about the four candidate cities and their projects.

Brazil - Expo 2020 Sao Paulo

Expo 2020 Sao Paulo

Theme: Power of Diversity, Harmony for growth
Expected visitors: 30 million
Site: 502 ha in the region of Pirituba in the North-West of Sao Paulo.
Post-Expo objective: Make Pirituba a new economic center of Sao Paulo
All you need to know about Expo 2020 Sao Paulo


Russia - Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg

Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg

Theme: The Global Mind
Expected visitors: 12 million visitors
Site: 500 ha 5 minutes away from the city center
Post-Expo objective: Expo would help develop the region in terms of international out-reach and the site would become a part of city's development plan.
All you need to know about Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg


Turkey - Expo 2020 Izmir

Expo 2020 Izmir

Theme: New routes to a better world, Health for All
Expected visitors: 39 million
Site: 500 ha in the Inciralti region
Post Expo objective: Turn Izmir into a world heath hub with two health campuses and health facilities
All you need to know about Expo 2020 Izmir


UAE - Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai

Theme: Connecting minds, Creating the Future
Expected visitors: 25 million
Site: 438 ha between Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Post-Expo objective: The site would become the Dubai Trade Center Jebel Ali
All you need to know about Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 : All you need to know about Dubai’s bid

The members of the BIE will vote for the host of Expo 2020 next week. Here are the key facts you should know about Dubai's bid.

A view of Dubai

A view of Dubai

The theme: Connecting minds, creating the future
With its theme, the Expo bid fosters both a philosophy of mutual understanding and cooperation and a hands-on approach to figure out the solutions to three very concrete sub-themes: mobility, sustainability and opportunity. For Dubai, these three challenges have to be addressed simultaneously to find truly global answers.

More about the theme: Connecting minds, connecting solutions

2020 would start now with Expo live
An important aspect of Dubai's bid is the Expo Live program that would find, fund and bring to Dubai innovative projects thanks to a 100 million Euro Expo Partnership Fund. Through seminars, working groups, meetings and workshops, Expo live would connect the innovators of tomorrow with experts and potential partners. Expo live would start during the preparation phase of the Expo and funded project would be presented during the Expo in the Innovation Pavilion and Innovation labs.

Logo Expo 2020 Dubai

A bid to reinforce Dubai and the UAE's position as a world hub
Expo 2020 Dubai would celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Emirate. In only a few decades, Dubai has become one of the world's most modern, innovative and technological cities, attracting investors and workers from over 200 countries. With a target of 25 million visitors, an Expo would continue building Dubai and the UAE's status as a world hub. After the Expo, the site would be converted into the Dubai Trade center Jebel Ali. The Expo would also be the occasion to show the world that the UAE is shifting from "hard" to "soft" projects, as each subtheme is a pillar of Dubai's development strategy. Projects in all three fields are in motion.

More about Dubai's and the UAE's strategy: Expo 2020 Dubai and the development strategy of the UAE

Site project, Al Wasl plaza

Al Wasl plaza, site project

The site: accessibility, innovation and legacy
Expo 2020 Dubai would take place on a 438-hectare site on the southwestern edge of Dubai. Equidistant from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the site would be located next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport, which will be able to carry 160 million passengers a year.
The site itself would be divided in three areas dedicated to each sub theme. These thematic zones would lead up to Al Wasl, the main plaza. Countries would be able to set up their pavilion in the area that corresponds best to their development strategy. Sustainability is at the heart of the project. The site is based on modular design: an important part of the Expo will be dismantled and rebuilt to create appropriate infrastructures for the development of the region: the Dubai Trade Center, an Expo museum, a university, apartment buildings etc.

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Expo 2020: All you need to know about Ekaterinburg’s bid

The Member States of the BIE will vote for the host of Expo 2020 next week. Here are the key facts you should know about the bid of Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg


The theme: The Global Mind
The concept of the « Global Mind » expresses the necessity to pool ideas and projects from all over the world in order to achieve a more sustainable globalization. In a world of increasing interconnectedness between people and countries, the Russian candidate city has chosen to focus its Expo project on the subject of globalization to try to answer a crucial question: what can we do to make sure globalization benefits to everyone? An Expo on the subject would allow all countries to showcase their best practices in different fields according to subthemes: Globalisation & Innovation, Globalisation & Culture, Globalisation & Economics, Globalisation & Society, Globalisation & Quality of Life

More about the theme : How we can imagine the world of tomorrow

An on-going initiative
The Ekaterinburg 2020 bid has already started spreading the Global Mind spirit through the "Global Mind Adventure" project: a group of students from Ekaterinburg travels the world to bring connectivity to distant areas of the world. Children are introduced to advanced technologies and local schools are equipped with Internet access. The team has already been to Mongolia, Indonesia, Panama, Namibia, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg, vue du projet de site

A view of the site project

The Expo site : a tool to develop the city and the region of Ekaterinburg
With a target of over 12 million visitors, the prospective site is 500 hectares wide. It is located only 5 km away from the city center, along the Verkh-Isetsky pond and is thought out to be an important urban development project. 180 ha of the site would be dedicated to the Expo and the rest of the area would welcome housing buildings, commercial centers and leisure space along with parks and parking lots. The Expo would also boost the development of the city's transportation infrastructures and logistical resources. "We want to create a real smart city that everyone can benefit from" said Russia's Deputy-Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg, le projet de quartier d'habitation post-expo

The housing district project

The Expo bid: turn the Ural region in an innovation hub
While today the economic and touristic forces of Russia are mostly located in the West of the country, in Moscow and Saint Petersburg in particular, the Expo 2020 bid falls within the russian project to develop the Ural region and turn it into an international hub for innovation and technology. Ekaterinburg is Russia's 4th economic power and is already developing cooperation projects all over the world and during the symposium on the Global Mind that took place in July for the BIE members, the organizers of the project announced they will turn the symposium into an annual event on globalization.

More about Russia's national and international strategy : The Expo 2020 bid, a double objective for Russia

Expo 2020 Ekaterinburg, un vue du projet de site

A view of the site project

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Expo 2020 : All you need to know about Izmir’s bid

Expo 2020 Izmir logo

The Member States of the BIE will vote for the host of Expo 2020 next week. Here are the key facts you should know about Izmir's bid.

Local Authorities and Experts share their views on the Expo project

The theme: New routes to a better world/Health for all
Izmir's bid places Health at the centre of development and human progress. A healthy population can work, think and communicate better than a sick population. In line with the Millenium Development Goals and the UN's post 2015 agenda, Izmir's bid conceives health as a basic human right that has to be promoted through international cooperation and public policies. The bid has identified 4 challenges that should be tackled during the Expo: Education and Public Health, Innovation, Care and Collaboration and Healthy living.

More about the theme : Health is development is health

Involvement of the bid in health programs
The Expo bid committee has made a donation of $100 000 to the Comprehensive Rural Health Project developed by Elon University (North Carolina, USA) in order to create a new health training facility in Jamkhed, one of Indias's poorest regions.

Expo 2020 Izmir site project

The site project

The post-expo goal of the bid : create a world health hub in Izmir
Izmir is the birthplace of western medicine. It is where Hippocrates and Galen of Pergamon have lived and studied. This legacy is still alive today: several medical universities and health centres are established in the city. With the Expo, Turkey hopes to boost its international role in the health sector by creating an international health hub in Izmir: the Expo itself would welcome over 30 million visitors and out of the 600 ha of the Inciralti region where the Expo would take place, 400 ha would be dedicated after the Expo to 2 new health campuses, universities, research centres as well as new hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.

More about Turkey's ambitions in healthcare: Expo 2020 Izmir : for a new health hub

The site from the sky Expo Izmir 2020

The site project from the sky

The site: urban development and relaxation center
The Expo would cover about 205 ha and would be located around a natural lagoon bisected by a road. This road would be used as a main boulevard surrounding the site, connecting all areas. According to the Expo organizers, the site project aims at improving the quality of life of the area and is based on principles of sustainability and ecology. Nature preservation plays an important part in the design of the site since many trees surround the natural lagoon and numerous bird species like flamingos live in the area. Production of solar and geothermal energy would also help contribute to the requirements of the site. After the Expo, the site would become a public park, to offer a relaxation space to the health centre.

Expo 2020 Izmir Nature and the site

Nature and the site

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