Conquest of the Desert (exhibition)

EXPO Jerusalem 1953
BIE-class Specialized exposition
Name International Exhibition and Fair Jerusalem Israel
Motto Conquest of the Desert
Visitors 600,000
Countries 14
Country Israel
City Jerusalem
Opening 22 September 1953 (1953-09-22)
Closure 14 October 1953 (1953-10-14)
Specialized expositions
Previous International exhibition of Textiles in Lille
Next Mostre d'Oltremare in Naples
Universal expositions
Previous Exposition internationale du bicentenaire de Port-au-Prince in Port-au-Prince
Next Expo 58 in Brussels
Horticultural expositions
Next Floriade 1960 in Rotterdam
Specialized Roma 1953 Agricultural Exhibition

Conquest of the Desert was a world's fair held in Jerusalem, Israel in 1953 International Exhibition and Fair Jerusalem Israel.[1][2] It focused on the themes of reclamation and population of desert area.[3]

It was opened on 22 September by president Ben Zvi and acting premier Moshe Sharett,[4] closed 22 days later on 14 October and had been visited by 600,000 people.[5]

13[1] foreign countries participated. This included the United States, although they announced that they would boycott the opening ceremony.[6] The Soviet Union declined to attend.[7] UNESCO and the World Health Organisation also attended.[3]

Postage stamps commemorating the exhibition were designed by Abram Games.[3]


Or 21 countries according to another source[3]

See also


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