Expo 2020 Dubai: innovations from past expos

Telephones, the ice cream cone and the Eiffel Tower

Expo 2020 Dubai: innovations from past expos

Expo 2020 Dubai is now less than a year away, and we’re already getting excited about what will be in store.
And we’re intrigued about what innovations might come too.

An expo is a world fair, bringing together hundreds of countries from across the globe – giving them the chance to share ideas and innovations with the rest of the world.

The first-ever was held in The Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park in 1851, and since then, many of history’s most famous inventions have been exhibited, including the telephone in 1876, the ice cream cone in 1904 and even a humanoid robot in Nagoya in 2005.

Back in November 2013, Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020 – becoming the first country ever in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia to do so.

Here are some of the most important innovations launched at World Expos in the past.

The telephone
(Philadelphia, 1876)

The Eiffel Tower
(Paris, 1889)

The Ferris wheel
(Chicago, 1893)

The X-Ray machine
(Buffalo, 1901)

The ice cream cone
(St Louis, 1904)

The commercial broadcast television
(New York, 1939)

IMAX
(Osaka, 1970)

Touchscreens
(Knoxville, 1982)

The humanoid robot
(Nagoya, 2005)

For everything you need to know about Expo 2020 Dubai, click here.
Oct 20, 2020-Apr 10, 2021. Dubai South, www.expo2020dubai.com.

Be the first to get all the latest Dubai news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.

More from Things to do

Recreate Kandinsky, Van Gogh and Money masterpieces at home

Kill all procrastination with these inspirational life lessons

Use up those tins that have been rattling around in your cupboard

Get your brain working and team up to solve puzzles at home

Newsletters

Follow us