posted on 15/05/2012: 964 views
Facebook and Twitter initiatives introduced, coinciding with UAE participation in International Expo in Yeosu, South Korea
The UAE is enhancing its campaign to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, including launching new social media initiatives to generate increased community involvement in the UAE's bid to bring the Expo to the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia region for the first time in the event's 160-year history.
Yesterday, the UAE launched an Expo 2020 Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DubaiExpo2020) and is inviting individuals from across the country and the globe to contribute to this dialogue about the UAE bid specifically and World Expos generally. As part of this conversation, the Expo 2020 Facebook page will be enriched on an ongoing basis with information, images and ideas that bring to life the theme of the UAE bid: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”
An official Twitter account (@Dubaiexpo2020) has also been launched to support the online dialogue about World Expos and the UAE bid.
These new initiatives have been introduced to coincide with the start of the 2012 International Expo in Yeosu, South Korea, which kicked off on May 12 and concludes on August 12. The UAE is hosting a national pavilion and a range of special events during this three-month International Expo that is expected to attract up to 8 million visitors.
The UAE has also introduced a Chinese-language Sina Weibo account for the duration of Expo 2012. The launch of the UAE's dedicated page on this popular micro-blogging site will encourage interaction among Chinese-language speakers, including the many who are expected to attend the event in Yeosu.
In addition to its presence at Expo 2012 in Yeosu – where the UAE was among the first countries to receive a license to build its own national pavilion – the country has hosted national pavilions at previous Expos in Hanover, Germany; Lisbon, Portugal; Seville, Spain; and, most recently, Shanghai, China.
The UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai was submitted in November 2011 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The bid is being led by the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo.
The UAE has proposed hosting the six-month Expo at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, a 438-hectare site that has been designed as a specialised, highly connected environment that will serve as a permanent attraction, further contributing to Dubai's appeal.
The winner among the five candidate cities – which include Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil) – will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 160 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the international organisation responsible for overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. – Emirates 24|7
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