Readying for Expo 2020
When the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) met in Paris in 2013, it selected, on merits, Dubai to host the first-ever World Expo in the MEASA region. Five cities bid to host t he 168-year-old global event – world’s third biggest after Olympics and FIFA World Cup, but Dubai succeeded at the last minute.
Dubai is leaving no stone unturned to make an awe-inspiring venue with a built-up area of 4.38 square kilometres, including a dedicated exhibition zone of two square kilometres. With the participation of 219 countries, it will attract 25 million visitors.
The Expo’s impact will be far-reaching to several industries, especially aviation and tourism. A report by Ernst & Young (EY) says the six-month duration event will support over 900,000 jobs and contribute AED123 billon of GVA to the economy until 2031.
Emirates Airlines (EK) will have an ultra-modern pavilion, with a focus on the future of commercial aviation. It has installed bespoke liveries on its 40 aircraft. EK is promoting the event through its in-flight entertainment system which has a dedicated Expo channel. It is also distributing Expo-inspired amenity kits in six different designs to passengers.
According to a General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) study, a total of 18.7 million people will use UAE national carriers to be in Dubai. The aviation sector will handle massive volume of visitors smoothly as the facilities have been expanded for efficient air traffic operations. Emirati nationals will be put at the forefront in terms of flight crews as well as operational and ground staff in the airports.
Dubai airports are being readied to receive the Expo visitors. The organisers have developed a unique program to attract 30,000 volunteers of nationalities. The Expo will add value to the country’s competitiveness and attractiveness as one of the world’s most-desirable destinations.
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum