More than 50 years ago, a seven-year-old boy visited the Seattle World Expo with his family. He marveled at the scientific and technological innovation on display. He rode the Monorail trains, enjoyed the roller coasters, and visited the futuristic exhibits, including one that demonstrated a revolutionary device known as a personal computer. That young boy was Bill Gates.
Today, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of history’s greatest technology innovators, says he was inspired by his experience at the 1962 Seattle World Expo. It just might have changed his life—and in the process, he changed the lives of billions of people.
Now, it is Dubai’s turn to inspire future innovators and pioneers. Dubai’s victory in winning the right to host the World Expo in the year 2020 is a remarkable achievement. It was the fruit of a nearly two-year-long campaign led by some of Dubai’s most dynamic public officials that included both a logistics and infrastructure plan as well as a strategic vision of the Expo as a place to connect the best minds from across the world to tackle some of the globe’s biggest challenges.
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