Oman participated for the first time in an International Exhibition at World Expo 1992 in Seville. Since then, it has regularly participated in World and Specialised Expos. In order to strengthen its involvement in Expos, it joined the BIE in 1997. Its participation has been rewarded at Specialised Expo 2008 Zaragoza, Specialised Expo 2012 Yeosu, and World Expo 2020 Dubai, with Gold Awards for theme interpretation.