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Since the first Great Fair of 1851 World Expos have developed into one of the largest and most enduring global events.
Organised by Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and lasting six months World Expos attract millions of visitors who explore and discover pavilions exhibits and cultural events staged by hundreds of participants including states international organisations and corporations. Most participants build their own pavilions on sites provided by the host country.
The UAE has made a strong mark at each Expo in which it has participated. It was among the top ten pavilions at EXPO 2000 in Hannover. It was awarded a gold medal at EXPO Zaragoza 2008 won a popular vote among the general public at the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010 (and topped an academic study conducted by staff from UCLA who looked at public diplomacy criteria); and received a silver medal at the International Expo in Yeosu in 2012.