The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Israel will participate in the World EXPO 2020 exhibition in Dubai. This will be the second major event of its kind in which Israel will participate in Dubai. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its joy for "the opportunity given to Israel to share with many other countries its progress in innovation and technology in many fields such as water, medicine, and information technology".
“We have invited every country in the world without exception, in line with our commitment to make Expo 2020 Dubai a truly international event and platform for all humanity,” said an official spokesperson in Dubai in a statement. Expo 2020 Dubai will be “the most inclusive and international exhibition ever organized,” he said, recalling that for more than 170 years, Universal Exhibitions have been “apolitical” events.
Shortly before that, in Paris, Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE), said that by inviting all the countries of the world, “including the State of Israel”, to participate in this event, the organizers of Expo 2020 truly reflect the universal spirit of the Exhibitions.
40 billion euros spent in connection with Expo 2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the invitation, saying it was “yet again proof that Israel is on the rise in the world and region” of the Middle East, according to a statement from his office. Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates Federation, a country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. However, this invitation may help strengthen the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the Hebrew state.
Expo 2020 will begin on October 20th of next year and continue until April 20th, 2021. The previous World Expositions in Milan in 2015 and Shanghai in 2010 attracted about 21.5 million and 73 million visitors respectively. The Dubai government has already spent more than $40 billion on major Expo-related infrastructure projects, including a new $2.9 billion metro line and the expansion of Al Maktoum International Airport near the Expo 2020 site.