Expo 2020 Dubai

Connecting ideas, creating the future


The World Expo 2020 Dubai had opened its gates, despite a year’s delay.

Expo 2020 Dubai is a global exhibition of innovation, industry and national culture. It takes place every 5 years and lasts for 6 months. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this exhibition was postponed for a year, creating space to effectively set new goals and build stronger economic relationships. The main idea was a symbol of innovation and progress and was based on common purpose, commitment and cooperation of countries in the world. Participation was confirmed by 192 countries, and despite the pandemic, not a single country withdrew. This year, they could thus contribute to kick-starting the world economy after the coronary crisis thanks to the innovative inventions and solutions that were showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai.


One of the three sub-themes of Expo 2020 Dubai was ‘Opportunity’ and represented harnessing the potential of individuals, businesses, companies and organisations to create a shared future. It brought with it a variety of discoveries and demonstrations that could help us build a better world for future generations. Visitors learned about the global challenges facing our humanity and were able to actively participate. Austria showed in its pavilion that every good idea starts with the right question and Belarus presented a forest of future technologies. China showcased community building with a shared future, in the Italian pavilion visitors saw how beauty unites humanity and Norway presented itself as the world’s leading maritime nation.


Although Slovakia is a small country in the heart of Europe, it can deliver innovative solutions through new technologies while respecting environmental requirements. We can be proud of patents such as the helicopter, the parachute or the first electric motor. We are also making progress on the current issue of linking road and air transport thanks to AeroMobil. Most of our ground-breaking patents are related to air mobility and thus the theme of the national pavilion was THE MOVEMENT OF THE FUTURE: HYDROGEN, AVIATION AND SPACE.


Another sub-theme of Expo 2020 Dubai was “Sustainability”. Through it, visitors could discover and admire innovative global projects that create new opportunities. All of the featured projects were committed to preserving our planet. Exceptional architectural projects that are created using the latest green building technologies were sure to catch the eye. The Czech Republic presented the Czech Spring in its pavilion and the Dutch pavilion showcased the unity of water, energy and food. The Brazilian pavilion showed us diversity, the Swedish pavilion collaboration on innovation and the Singapore pavilion nature, food and the future.

Historic innovations showcased throughout the Expo



One of the first mechanical computers was exhibited at the London International Exhibition of Industry and Art in 1862. Later in 1962, visitors to the Seattle Century 21 exhibition were amazed by the IBM Shoebox, a computer that responded to voice commands.

Slovak cottage

Czechoslovakia presented a Slovak koliba at the Montreal Expo 67. The architectural design came from the author duo Stanislav Talaš – Vojtech Vilhan. The restaurant was located in the entertainment area of La Ronde on the island of St. Helena.


The world’s first telephone was demonstrated by Alexander Graham Bell at the World’s Fair in Philadelphia in 1876. Later, in 1970, the Japanese Osaka World’s Fair gave visitors the first opportunity to see what mobile phone technology had to offer.

Popcorn and Heinz ketchup

There were also several food innovations at the World’s Fairs. Among the first were Heinz popcorn and ketchup, which were introduced at the Philadelphia Expo in 1876. Ice cream cones, which appeared at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, are also well known.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was unveiled at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and later built it. Initially criticised by French artists and intellectuals, it is now an icon of France and the most visited monument in the world.

Ferris wheel

A Ferris wheel is a technical device that consists of a large wheel with cabins arranged around its perimeter. It serves as an amusement park attraction and is mainly visited for the sightseeing. It was first introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1879. Its original name is “”Ferris wheel”” after its designer, who was George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.

X-ray machine

The 1901 World’s Fair in Buffalo introduced the first X-ray machine. This exhibition is remembered by many especially for the assassination of US President William McKinley, who was shot. However, doctors were afraid to use the X-ray machine to look for the bullet because they did not yet know what side effects it might cause.


The first live television broadcast took place at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The credit goes to NBC, which at that time was already able to broadcast regularly, two hours a week. Super Hi-Vision Theatre, commonly known as Ultra HDTV, premiered at Japan’s 2005 Aichi Expo.


IMAX is the designation for the large-scale cinema system format introduced at the 1970 Osaka Expo. The format was developed by Canadian filmmakers who screened the film “”Tiger Child”” to visitors at the World Expo. The format offered visitors an unforgettable visual experience.

Touch screens

Touchscreens are certainly a phenomenon of the 21st century. This technology was first introduced at Expo 1982 in Knoxville. A touch panel installed on TV screens was located in the pavilion and all visitors were able to try out the technology.

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