World Expos are a gathering of countries from across the world dedicated to finding solutions towards pressing challenges of today’s world. Technology, sustainability, employment, education, culture and heritage are amongst the themes tackled in cross-cultural collaboration shaping nations for a better future ahead. World Expos are unrivalled among international events in their size, scale, duration and visitor numbers. These are held every five years and last six months.
The Bureau International de Exposition (BIE) is the Intergovernmental Organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating World Expos and all international exhibitions that last more than three weeks and are of a non-commercial nature. There are 4 types of Expos organised under the auspices of the BIE, namely World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano. The BIE was created in 1928 by thirty-one countries and has grown to 170 Member States because of the success and the appeal of Expos. Malta is also a Member State of the BIE.
The Great Exhibition organized in London in 1851 set the foundation for World Expos. The concept became so popular that it was repeated across the globe, showing the power of attraction and the record of world-class legacies of such major events. Being part of the British Empire at the time, Malta had also been present at the Great Exhibition of 1951 and this is documented at the BIE World Expo Museum Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The theme of the Malta Pavilion is ‘Connecting Cultures, Generating Opportunities.’
Malta is an island of colourful diversity capturing the essence of cultures and civilizations from the three continents bordering the Mediterranean. Its language and traditions are influenced by the many people who have called Malta their home since the dawn of time. However time has not stopped in Malta and while it maintains the values of its past, the island also looks to the future by inspiring potential and great business opportunities. All this is charted on the Malta Pavilion through the representation of many audio-visual displays covering various sub-themes such as location, history, tourism, business, and lifestyle.
The Malta Pavilion is located in the Opportunity District. The closest entrance for visitors coming by taxi is the Opportunity Gate. For those visitors coming from the Metro entrance, the Malta Pavilion can be reached in around 8 minutes on foot. Maps and site display stands can be found throughout the Expo site making it quite easy for visitors to locate the Malta Pavilion.
The Malta Pavilion is set on two floors, with the ground floor being the exhibition area and is open to the public. A conference hall and meeting rooms are at first floor, where a number of business meetings, workshops and seminars are being organized as part of the calendar of events of the Malta Pavilion during the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai.