Dubai World Expo 2020 preparations on track

Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee meeting

Preparations for Dubai World Expo 2020 are on track and have been approved by the event’s Higher Preparatory Committee.

The committee met last week to discuss updates on the good progress being made on the delivery of an ‘exceptional expo’ in 2020.

Leading the discussion, which was arranged ahead of a number of key events being staged in Dubai this autumn, was the Higher Preparatory Committee’s chairman, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the second vice chairman of Dubai Executive Council, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports, and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and director general of Bureau Dubai Expo 2020, presented the steps being taken in preparation for the formal registration of the Expo, which will take place at the Bureau International Des Expositions (the world governing body for Expos) in Paris this November.

Her Excellency’s update included a discussion on the latest enhancements to the Expo site masterplan, which outlines how the site in Dubai South will be developed ahead of the opening of the event. The masterplan has been designed to facilitate innovation and foster collaboration and partnerships, and form the basis of an enduring legacy that fully reflects the Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

October 20 will mark five years until the Expo opens its gates to the public. The six-month-long event is expected to host 25 million visits with international visitors representing 70 percent of the total making Dubai Expo 2020 the most internationally diverse World Expo in history.

The October 20 milestone will be celebrated at Expo Milano 2015, which will stage a UAE Day. The UAE pavilion has proven a major attraction at the Italian Expo, which has attracted some 20 million visitors since it opened in May.