Oman participated for the first time in an International Exhibition at World Expo 1992 in Seville. Since then, it has regularly participated in World and Specialised Expos. In order to strengthen its involvement in Expos, it joined the BIE in 1997. Its participation was rewarded at Specialised Expo 2008 Zaragoza and Specialised Expo 2012 Yeosu, both with a Gold Award in its category for thematic development.