The event will welcome 190 participating countries, and millions of visitors from across the globe and is the first World Expo in the Gulf Region. Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities. Companies from the Netherlands export more than € 11 billion to countries in that part of the world. Many Gulf countries also cooperate with the Netherlands in other areas. Countries in the Gulf region are interesting because they are major consumers of water and energy. The way in which the Gulf region deals with water, food and energy must change. Countries are looking for knowledge and skills so there are many opportunities for (Dutch) companies, scientists and education programs.