Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His
Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, visited the Expo 2020
Dubai Site Office today and said he was encouraged by the developments
on site. During the visit, His Highness was accompanied by His Highness
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of
Upon arrival, His Highness was received by His Highness
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai
Higher Committee, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman,
Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and
Group, and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE Minister of State for
International Cooperation and Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau Director General.
present were Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee members HE Dr. Sultan
Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, CEO of Masdar, CEO of Abu Dhabi
National Oil Company (ADNOC), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
National Media Council, HE Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Vice-Chairman
of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, Director General of HH The
Ruler’s Court of Dubai, UAE Chief Executive Officer and Executive
Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICDHE), Eng. Hussain
Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality, HE Helal
Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and
Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Director General of Dubai World Trade
Centre Authority (DWTCA), HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman,
Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), and Major-General Abdullah Al
Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.
Sheikh Mohammed conducted a helicopter tour of the Expo site to see its progress.
Mohammed was briefed by department heads and directors on the
considerable advancements made by the Expo team in the areas of Real
Estate and Development, International Participants, Legacy, Business
Development and Integration, and Youth Connect.
underlined the importance of youth being integrated in the Expo journey
and the key work being carried out involving them in planning both for
Expo 2020 itself and the social, economic, physical and reputational
legacy that will follow.
Sheikh Mohammed added that he was
pleased to see the progress made by RTA in the construction of the Metro
link to a new station on the Expo site, Route 2020, which will be one
stop from the Al Maktoum International Airport, which is predicted to
become the biggest and busiest in the world following completion of
expansion in 2025.
He concluded by emphasizing the role of
thousands of volunteers who will be recruited to ensure that the culture
and values of the UAE will be reflected throughout Expo, which is
expected to be visited by 25 million including an unprecedented 70
percent from overseas.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al
Maktoum commented: “His Highness was a driving force behind our
successful campaign to win the right to stage the next edition of the
World Expo in 2020. He has continued to be extremely supportive of our
mission on our journey since then towards October 2020 and is always
interested in our progress.
“We have had private and public
commitments for participation from more than 120 countries and have
recently announced our seventh commercial Premier Partner.
Highness’s visit and continuing guidance is a source of great
encouragement and inspiration as we work towards a World Expo that will
have a long and meaningful impact on both the UAE and wider region.”
2020 Dubai will be a celebration for all, which, through its theme
‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, will provide a platform to
encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration. This is underpinned
by Expo’s three pillars: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
opens on 20 October, 2020, in 1,169 days’ time, and closes six months
later, on April 10, 2021. More than 200 participants, including nations,
multilateral organizations, corporations and educational institutions,
are expected to take part.
It will be the first world Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the Arab World.