Duabi Ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visits Expo 2020 Dubai site

dewa expo2020Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (extreme left) said that he was encouraged by the developments on site. (Photo: Dubai Media Office)Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the Expo 2020 Dubai Site Office recently to assess the situation

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that he was encouraged by the developments on the site. During the visit, His Highness was accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Upon arrival, the Dubai Ruler was received by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of 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.

Also 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 CEO and executive director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICDHE), Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of 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 2020 site to see its progress.

Sheikh 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.

He also underlined the importance of youth being integrated into 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.

HH 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 emphasising 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 25mn including an unprecedented 70 per cent from overseas.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum stated, “His Highness is 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.

“His 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.”

Expo 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.

Expo 2020 opens on 20 October 2020 and closes six months later on 10 April 2021. More than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organisations, corporations and educational institutions, are expected to take part.

It will be the world’s first expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

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