The UAE is currently partcipating at Expo Milano 2015 under the direction of the National Media Council. The National Media Council will also direct the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. In 2017, an International Expo will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Each of these Expos has a central theme that guides participants. At Expo Milano 2015, the theme is 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. Dubai 2020 will focus on 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' and Astana 2017 will explore 'Future Energy'.
Expo Milano 2015
More people require more food, more land, more energy and more water to produce the food. But resources are limited and the impact of climate change is restricting our ability to feed the planet. So what is the UAE doing about our shared global future?
'Food for Thought, Shaping and Sharing the Future'
The seamless narrative that unfolds throughout the UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is a very simple one:
In the past, we lived with few resources.
Today, our rapidly developing country is seeking ways to live more sustainably.
We are working towards a shared global future to find solution to our challenges in land, water, energy and food.
The UAE Pavilion story explores the history of the UAE, its rapid development, dramatic landscapes, traditional culture, resourceful, inventive people and diverse food, as well as the scientific and technical innovations that will help to feed the planet.
Learn more on the UAE Milano 2015 website
The UAE has made a strong mark at each Expo where it has participated. It was among the top ten pavilions at EXPO 2000 in Hannover; was awarded a gold medal at EXPO Zaragoza 2008; won a popular vote among the general public in Shanghai (and came top in an academic study conducted by staff from UCLA who looked at public diplomacy criteria); and received a silver medal in Yeosu. The main film shown in Yeosu has also won three gold medals at international film festivals.
The UAE has been widely commended for the manner in which it has approached the themes of Expo whilst still engaging and entertaining its visitors. Its successful bid to host Expo Dubai 2020 is a testimony to the quality of its bid proposal, its professional and focused campaign and the respect in which the country is held by BIE member states, based on its performances at previous Expos.