Conquest of the Desert (exhibition)

Conquest of the Desert was a Specialised Expo recognised by the 28th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions on 13 November 1951,[2] held in Jerusalem in 1953[3][4] at Binyanei Ha'uma, a convention center in Jerusalem. It focused on the themes of reclamation and population of desert area.[5]

1953 Jerusalem
BIE-classSpecialized exposition
NameInternational Exhibition and Fair Jerusalem Israel
MottoConquest of the Desert
Coordinates31.7865°N 35.2026°E / 31.7865; 35.2026
Awarded13 November 1951
Opening22 September 1953 (1953-09-22)
Closure14 October 1953 (1953-10-14)
Specialized expositions
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NextThe International Exhibition of Navigation (1954) in Naples
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PreviousExposition internationale du bicentenaire de Port-au-Prince in Port-au-Prince
NextExpo 58 in Brussels
Horticultural expositions
NextFloriade 1960 in Rotterdam
SpecializedEA 53


The exhibition was opened on 22 September by president Ben Zvi and acting premier Moshe Sharett.[6] It lasted for 22 days, closing on 14 October. It was visited by 600,000 people.[7]

Thirteen foreign countries participated.[3] This included the United States, although it declared a boycott of the opening ceremony.[8] The Soviet Union declined to attend.[9] UNESCO and the World Health Organization also attended.[5]

Postage stamps commemorating the exhibition were designed by Abram Games.[5]

See also


  1. "Israel". Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  2. "1953 Jerusalem". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. "1953 Jerusalem - Israel". Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  4. "Official Site of the Bureau International des Exposition". Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. "Exhibition 'Conquest Of The Desert'". Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  6. "Israel's First International Exhibition Opened in Jerusalem". Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  7. "October 16, 1953 Israel's First International Exhibition Closes; Visited by 600,000". Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  8. "U.S. Explains Its Boycott of Exhibition Opening". Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  9. "Soviet Declines Invitation to Participate in Israel Exhibition". Retrieved 14 March 2012.
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