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.[citation needed] It focused on the themes of reclamation and population of desert areas.[5]

1953 Jerusalem
BIE-classSpecialized exposition
NameInternational Exhibition and Fair Jerusalem Israel
MottoConquest of the Desert
Building(s)Jerusalem Convention Center
Area37 acres
Coordinates31°47′11″N 35°12′09″E / 31.7865°N 35.2026°E / 31.7865; 35.2026Coordinates: 31°47′11″N 35°12′09″E / 31.7865°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 Prime Minister 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] which included the United States although it declared a boycott of the opening ceremony.[8] The Soviet Union declined to attend.[9] Both UNESCO and the World Health Organization also attended.[5]

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Israel". Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  2. ^ "1953 Jerusalem". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "1953 Jerusalem - Israel". Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Official Site of the Bureau International des Exposition". Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "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.