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.‬

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Ahmed bin saeed al maktoum

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum