The six-month long Expo 2020 Dubai was the first World’s Fair to take place in the Middle East, North Africa, or South Asia. The event took place from October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates. The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai was “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” representing the potential of what could be achieved when meaningful collaborations and partnerships are forged.
The USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was led by Commissioner General Mr. Robert “Bob” Clark, who was the senior U.S. government representative at Expo. The USA Pavilion’s Deputy Commissioner General Matthew Asada led the Expo Unit at U.S. Consulate General Dubai. The USA Pavilion team was comprised of Department of State staff, Youth Ambassadors, and operating staff who kept the doors open throughout the six-month event. Together with the U.S. Mission to the United Arab Emirates and our USA Pavilion sponsors and partners, we presented the theme “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Future” to 1.5 million visitors from 168 countries. We celebrated the people, ideas, and American contributions that have changed and improved lives in the United States and around the world to build a brighter tomorrow.
The Department of State is responsible for U.S. participation in international exhibitions. The Department’s International Expositions Unit manages U.S. engagement with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), organizes U.S. participation at overseas Expos (also known as World’s Fairs), and mobilizes international support for U.S. candidacies to host Expos.
For more information about U.S. participation in Expo 2020 – including our archive of cultural performers and speakers – and take a virtual tour of the pavilion, please visit www.usapavilion.org and follow the social media accounts below: