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Potential Bids for Expo 2027 or
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Potential Bids for Expo 2030
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The Bidding
Expo 2017: Astana World's Fair  
Expo 2020: Dubai World's Fair  
ExpoBids is a project of ExpoMuseum.com and tracks the official bids for a BIE-recognized expo (or "world's fair" in US parlance) to be held in 2022 or 2023 as well as the BIE-sanctioned expo to be held in 2025. Already, two cities are looking at 2030!

Dubai wins competition to host Expo 2020

Four cities battled it out to determine who will host a world's fair in 2020: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Ekaterinburg, Russia; Izmir, Turkey, and Sao Paulo, Brail. The city of Ayutthaya, Thailand was forced to bow out on 11 June 2013. Dubai was selected on 26 November 2013.

Expo 2020 is the larger of the two kinds of world's fairs, analogous to the Summer Olympics. It is considered "sanctioned" by the BIE. There are no size limitations for sanctioned world's fairs and many nations build their own stand-alone pavilions. They're held every five years. Hannover, Germany hosted Expo 2000; Aichi Prefecture, Japan hosted Expo 2005; Shanghai, China is hosting Expo 2010; and Milan, Italy is preparing to host Expo 2015. Themes for these pavilions are fairly broad and typically have several smaller sub-themes. Expo 2025 will also be of this size.

Astana Wins Competition to Host Expo 2017

Astana Kazakhstan has secured the right to host Expo 2017, a BIE-recognized exposition, after voting that took place on 22 November 2012. The exposition will run three months under the theme "Energy of the Future."

Astana beat out Liége, Belgium which was hoping to host the event under the theme "Connecting the World, Linking People." The vote was: Astana, 103 votes; Liége, 44 votes, 1 abstention.

Expo 2017 is the more modestly sized of the two kinds of expos. It can be thought of as analogous to the Winter Olympics. It is considered "recognized" by the BIE, meaning that it has a limited site size and national pavilions are usually exhibited in a modular system provided by the expo authorities. They can be held 2 or 3 years after a "sanctioned" expo. Zaragoza, Spain hosted Expo 2008 and Yeosu, South Korea recently hosting Expo 2012. It is meant mostly for smaller cities or for cities in less developed nations. Themes for this size exposition are more limited, as well. A world's fair in either 2022 or 2023 will follow this model.

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