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UAE's Expo 2020 bid in spotlight at West Asia Athletics Championship in Dubai


posted on 15/12/2012

Leading athletes from 13 countries and over 15,000 spectators will have the opportunity to learn more about the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai this week as the city is the stage for the 2nd West Asia Athletics Championship.
The championship is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and In cooperation with UAE Athletics Federation Teams, Dubai Police and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Sports and Physical Fitness Program at the Dubai Police Sports Stadium.
The UAE's bid to host the Middle East's first World Expo - and to do so on the eve of the country's Golden Jubilee - will be featured prominently at this major sporting event. In addition to an interactive Expo 2020 reception area, there will also be widespread branding and banners at Dubai Police Sports Stadium, capturing the imagination of athletes, spectators and those following the Championship on live television.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dubai International Film Festival bolsters support for Expo 2020 bid


posted on 11/12/2012

In a major show of support for Dubai's bid to host the 2020 World Expo, the Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) announced yesterday that the organisation is supporting the UAE's bid.
Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of DIFF, highlighted the Festival's international prominence, commenting, "Building bridges of understanding throughout global communities is vital for the progression of humankind and promoting such cultural awareness has always been imperative for Dubai International Film Festival's vision. The Festival is a gateway of innovation between the East and the West, bringing together some of the most creative and progressive minds from across the globe and making it an ideal platform to further promote and support the UAE's bid." To maximise awareness of the bid, all delegates at DIFF will wear Dubai Expo 2020 pins and the bid's branding will appear on all official banners and collateral. Ali's Film, a feature film produced specifically to support the bid, will be played at the gala dinner on the final night of festival, which will be held between December 9th and 16th.
DIFF was launched in 2004 and has received a record number of film submissions for this year's Festival, with a total of 2,100 films submitted. In the past, DIFF has been in the limelight as the global platform where high-profile films have been showcased. At last year's festival, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise brought A-list star power to Dubai to promote Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol.
The announcement of DIFF's support is further evidence of the Expo team's successful efforts to generate support for Dubai's Expo bid across diverse communities.
If the UAE wins the bid, Dubai will become the first city in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region to host a World Expo. With one-third of the world's population living within a four-hour flight of the UAE and 50 million passengers travelling through Dubai International Airport in 2011, Dubai is strongly positioned to welcome the world and showcase all the emirate has to offer.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winner will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE hopes to obtain Africa's support for Expo 2020 bid: Reem Al Hashimy


posted on 05/12/2012

The Emirate of Dubai hopes to obtain the support of the Africa counties for its application in order to organise Expo 2020, said Mrs. Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Managing Director of Dubai Expo 2020 Executive Bid Committee.
"We have a special and very old relationship with African countries and we want Africans to see this exhibition as their own. This is the main message I want to send the Africans," said Ms. Reem Al Hashimy at a press conference in Abu Dhabi before invited journalists in the context of festivities celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Unity Day of the Arab Emirates (UAE).
In this battle between the candidate cities of Izmir (Turkey), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Ekaterinburg (Russia), she said she visited several countries in Arica to gain support for the application.
"I think the chances of each candidate city are equal, but I am confident as ever the Expo will be held in this part of the world which includes the region of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. We want this exposition to be truly universal,' Mrs Reem said as quoted by the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) in a report by Brahim Moussa Wallia, who is among a group of journalists invited by the National Media Council on the occasion the UAE's 41st National Day celebrations.
Presenting the advantages of Dubai, Ms. Al Hashimy highlighted the opening to Dubai which already hosts more than 200 different nationalities. The city has infrastructures and represents a place of business with extensive experience in the field of organisation of international meetings.
But in the race to attract African voices at the time of voting, Dubai will have to compete with Turkey's candidacy of Izimir city. Turnkey is present already in Africa and has distinguished itself in recent years by a stronger presence in several African countries by increasing considerably the number of its embassies. Moreover, Turkey has a special relationship with many countries, through the organisation of international meetings, construction of schools in African cities and the formation of African students its different universities.
Focusing on the theme "Connecting minds, Shaping the future," the candidature of Dubai to host Expo 2020 is yet entitled, among other advantages, to attract a spectacular number of visitors estimated at 50 million people, passing through its international airport and several thousands of hotel rooms. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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The UAE submits final plans in support of its bid to host World Expo 2020


posted on 05/12/2012

Mohamed Meer Abdalla Al Raeesi, the UAE's Ambassador to France, has submitted the country's official Bid Dossier in support of its bid to host World Expo 2020 to the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental body in charge of overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.
Taking 10 months to produce, the 600-page document contains the details of the UAE's vision for the 2020 World Expo. It discusses the Dubai Expo 2020 theme as well as plans for the Dubai Expo 2020 Site, event visitors, promotion, financial costs, environmental impact and ideas about the legacy to the host city and beyond.
The Bid Dossier will be sent to representatives of all 161 member countries of the BIE.
The five competing cities were required to submit their plans to the BIE by Monday's deadline and are now not allowed to make any further submission. BIE officials will review the Bid Dossiers in detail before visiting each country to assess the plans.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, said, "We have prepared a distinctive dossier to convey an authentic portrait of our Nation and its vision to deliver an unforgettable World Expo in the UAE. In line with our theme - Connecting Minds, Creating the Future - Dubai Expo 2020 aspires to be a celebration of innovative new partnerships offering enduring benefits for future generations. I am confident that the Bid Dossier is a thorough piece of work and a deep portrayal of our capability to host such a mega-event on the eve of our 50th anniversary." Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the BIE. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Reem Al Hashimy briefs media delegations on UAE's potentials to host Expo 2012


posted on 30/11/2012

Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 in Dubai said that UAE has made tremendous achievements in all fields under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
This came during her meeting here at Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel with 65 Arab and foreign journalists hailing from 26 countries, invited by the National Media Council, NMC on the occasion of UAE's 41st National Day.
She said, during this significant progress, much focused was given on building human resources and infrastructure making the UAE one of the most developed and civilized countries in the region.
For all these reasons and potentials, she added, the UAE has decided to host Expo 2020 in Dubai, expressing the optimism to win the international support for hosting this economic, tourist and cultural gathering which is expected to see about 160 countries and will last for six months.
Reem Al Hashimy, underlined the keenness of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to rally regional, Arab and international efforts for hosting expo 2020, based on the potentials and capabilities that UAE enjoys to compete on hosting the event in Dubai.
She referred that Expo 2020 coincides with the golden jubilee of the country's celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2020, indicating that UAE has strong and strategic relations with the countries of the region and the continent of Africa, garnering support to vote Dubai for the country's bid.
The minister unveiled a plan to help the developed and poor countries in their participation in Dubai Expo, supporting indirectly and finding solution of their poverty through supporting their projects.
She informed the reporters about the masterplan for Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, the proposed site to host the six-month World Expo 2020, adding that the site was selected due to its strategic location, equidistant between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and adjacent to the Dubai World Central airport and Jebel Ali Port, providing ease of access for the millions of international and local visitors expected.
The total cost of establishing Dubai Expo headquarters will be between 2 to 4 billion US dollars.
The site masterplan, is inspired by traditional Arab souqs, and integrates the UAE's unique architectural heritage and environment of vibrancy and trade with the requirements of the Expo to foster the fundamental principles of innovation, partnership and collaboration between participants and visitors.
UAE Minister of State, said that the theme of the expo "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" reflects on Dubai's cultural diversity and its ability to bring different creative minds together on a single platform.
The 438-hectare site will be one of the largest ever used for a World Expo and will ensure an unforgettable experience for the event's 25 million visitors.
The host of the expo will be decided through a popular vote. Around 160 member nations will cast their votes to choose between Dubai (UAE), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Yekaterinburg (Russia), Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Izmir (Turkey).
She confirmed that Dubai is the strongest among five candidate cities due to the UAE's status on the political, economic, humanitarian and international map as well as its prestigious reputation in the regional and international circles and its strong relations with all countries of the world.
She also noted that UAE is considered one of the world's most secure and stable nations and is one of the top 10 countries of the world having low rates of crimes according to the international statistics.
In response to a question about the UAE's bid to host the event compared to "Astana", the capital of Kazakhstan victory to host the Expo 2017, she said that "Expo 2017" provides an exceptional opportunity for that city and the world to come together and exchange dialogue on the subject of energy.
"The UAE aspires to build on and continue the considerable progress made in energy and sustainability in its bid to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020," she added.
Commenting on the tourist and economic benefits of the expo, she said that it will enable establishing more small and medium size companies to serve the event as well as extending more metro lines, ports, infrastructure services and tourist facilities to welcome guests of the UAE.
Reem Al Hashimy said that the World Expo 2020's theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' is our instil belief, that the way to reach the bright future depends on our abilities to interact positively and have constructive partnership.
"UAE tops the Arab world in growth and human development indices and it has built its success on the firm designed to provide model building, secure and sustainable development in the Middle East and outside." Answering a query about international promotional tour for the Expo 2020, she said that UAE enjoys strong credibility internationally as well as high and rich experience in hosting economic and sports events worldwide as Dubai has hosted the meetings of International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Dubai World Cup and Dubai International Airshow.
She added that Abu Dhabi hosts annual Formula one with overwhelming success, as well as International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), Energy Summit, World Economic Forum, IDEX and other global events. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE to nourish future with Expo 2020


posted on 25/11/2012

The World Expo 2020 masterplan that has been just unveiled is an amazing roadmap to the UAE's future directions and is a masterstroke that would help further enhance Dubai's place in the community of global cities. UAE's bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai will also open a multitude of opportunities for trade, investment and technology, and reflects the vision of the country's Rulers to establish beyond doubt the UAE's credentials as a regional economic powerhouse and an international hub for conventions, events and exhibitions.
The jubilant and prosperous nation has thanked the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. Investors, industrialists and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds have hailed the campaign.
In a major step towards the UAE's 2020 World Expo campaign, the Expo 2020 team yesterday unveiled the masterplan for Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, the proposed site to host the six-month event if the country's bid is successful.
The world continues to search for a new global economic paradigm to power future growth and sustainability, with Dubai's rapid economic growth making headway to host the World Expo 2020.
If Dubai's bid to host the mega event goes through, it will become the only country in the Arab world to host the event which has a history of over 150 years.
The wave of support from across the globe continues to gain momentum as Dubai remains the hot favourite destination for the Expo, as its modern and state-of-the-art infrastructure plays a large role in improving the emirate's bid.

WORLD'S OLDEST EVENT
The World Expo, one of the oldest and largest international events established before a century and a half, takes place every five years in different cities around the globe and lasts for six months, attracting millions of visitors.
Since 1851, World Expos have been a platform to communicate the world's most brilliant ideas, bringing the global community together to learn, share and grow, while introducing significant new technologies and innovations.
The UAE is bidding to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.'
The World Expo has never been held in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia in the history of the event.
Each World Expo is also a catalyst for economic, cultural and social transformation that generates important legacies for the host city and nation.

DUBAI'S STRENGTH
Dubai, which scores a first in most of the world's major event and has proved that it has colossal facilities, has been one of five cities that is competing to host the World Expo in 2020.
The other candidate cities include: Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Dubai's bid to host the Expo 2020 would be a significant addition to the emirate's growing list of milestones. With its bid focused on sustainability, transport & logistics and new models of economic growth, Expo 2020 would not only be a major step for the Middle East, but also for the whole world.

EXPO COMMITTEE
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation
Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, who serves as Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, made a final inspection of the UAE pavilion running concurrently with the General Assembly meetings. The pavilions at the exhibition showcase the infrastructure of each bidding city to substantiate its claim of the ability to host the global event. The exhibition is part of the effort to win the votes of the 161 member states in the amalgamation.
The Higher Committee was formed by a decree last May by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. On the economy and financial crisis, Sheikh Mohammed said: "This crisis is behind us now. Our country and our institutions managed to ride out the global financial crisis.”
The Committee submits regular reports directly to Sheikh Mohammed on the outcomes, milestones, challenges, solutions, proposals and recommendations towards achieving the ultimate goal of ensuring success in hosting the World Expo 2020.
According to Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, the UAE has a proven track record in organising mega events since the nineties, backed by the country's world-class infrastructure, especially following the stupendous success in organising the World Energy Forum 2012 in Dubai attended by some prominent heads of state.
He added that the UAE has the expertise, backed by strategic location and infrastructure that has helped it win the bid.

PARIS EVENT
The winning city will be announced in November following a vote by the 160 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris, France on Thursday. The international organisation is responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.
Dubai's presentation to the International Exhibition Bureau to host the Expo 2020 brought in a few surprises on Thursday, such as a subway system for the exhibition area and a personal endorsement from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is also the founder and co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation.
Gates, who made a surprise appearance, also gave his personal endorsement of Dubai's bid, saying the city "would be a great location to host a World Expo.”
All five of the cities bidding for the event gave 20-minute presentations at the Paris headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Dubai's presentation was delivered by Reem Al Hashemi, the Minister of State. The UAE delegation to the IEB was led by Sheikh Ahmed.
One of the sub-themes of the UAE bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai has been the focus on economic development.
Al Hashemi said, "We are committed to delivering an unforgettable World Expo.” She also called it "the whole nation's bid.”
According to the presentation, two-thirds of the world's population lives within eight hours of Dubai. Twenty-five million visitors are expected to attend, with 70 per cent of those attending coming from outside the UAE.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who was at the presentation, said Dubai also has infrastructure plans that include air, sea and land transport. Those plans include extending the Dubai Metro to the Al Maktoum Airport. Al Tayer said he hopes any legacy left behind by the World Expo would extend to more than just business.

COMPLETE DOSSIER
Dubai is scheduled to present its completed dossier for its Expo 2020 bid on December 3, at which time additional information, such as the proposed budget to build the exhibition centre and upgrade any infrastructure, would be announced.
This was the third set of presentations to the International Exhibition Bureau. Two more presentations are scheduled before the announcement of the winner, which is likely to happen in October 2013.

VENUE
The event itself will be held equidistant between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on 438 hectares of land, allowing visitors the choice of arriving in either of the two cities.
The site masterplan has been designed by HOK, Populus and Arup.
The focal point of the exhibition will be a central pavilion called Al Wasl, which means "The Connection” in Arabic.
The plans for the arrangement of pavilions from visiting nations is inspired by Arabian souqs or markets, the site integrates the UAE's unique architectural heritage and environment of vibrancy and trade. Smaller buildings will be located near the centre of the exhibition with larger buildings on the outside. To comply with its sub-theme of mobility, Dubai said it plans build an underground railway system to connect the Al Wasl with the outer pavilions.
In keeping with the clean energy theme, the proposed exhibition site will also be covered by a canopy of photovoltaic material, which should produce enough solar power to cover 50 per cent of the Expo's electricity needs. At night, the underside of the canopy will act as a screen for video presentations and light shows.
After the Expo is finished, Dubai plans to turn the pavilion grounds into a research and development centre or a university, according to Al Hashemi.

EXPO AMBASSADORS
Mid this month, Sheikh Mohammed selected eight individuals to serve as "Expo Ambassadors” to support the country's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.
These Expo Ambassadors, who were selected based on the quality of their submission to the recently concluded "Be part of it” competition, represented the UAE at Thursday's high-level reception, that took place on the eve of the country's upcoming presentation to the General Assembly of the 161 member nations of the BIE.

SUCCESS FACTORS
Analysts say that the UAE is at the forefront of the Arab countries in growth rates as well as quality of life. All these key success factors have played a critical role in enhancing Dubai's chances of winning the bid for hosting this world-class event that comes third in importance, after the World Cup and the Olympics.

GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENTS
The promotion of Dubai as a host for Expo 2020 is substantiated with each global achievement made in each individual category.
Over 180 firms from the UAE and around the world have pledged to help raise awareness of the country's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, following the recent launch of an online initiative for corporate bid supporters.
The "Support the bid” programme, accessible on the Expo 2020 website, provides corporate visitors with an application form to become Expo 2020 bid supporters, along with access to campaign resources, including Expo brand guidelines, fact sheets, posters and high-resolution logos for company banners and email signatures.
In total, companies from 14 different countries have pledged to support the UAE's Expo 2020 bid, including firms from across the Middle East, Australia, Canada, India, the UK and the US.
The Expo 2020 website offers visitors background information on the history of World Expos, highlighting the UAE's strategic advantages as potential host of this truly global event. Visitors can also learn more about the many benefits that hosting the Expo would provide the UAE, and how supporting the bid can help create new opportunities for companies across the region and around the world.

LEAD SPONSOR
In line with its vision to promote Dubai as a leading tourist destination and global commercial hub, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) was named a lead sponsor for the UAE's bid to host the Expo in Dubai.
DTCM and the Expo team will work together to raise awareness about the country's bid campaign through a series of ongoing outreach initiatives, which include hosting conventions, branding, and distributing informational brochures across the city.
The UAE has a long history with the World Expo stretching back four decades to the 1970 expo held in Osaka, Japan.
We want to bring the expo to the world and the world to Dubai, was Al Hashemi's parting shot.

UAE COMPETITIVENESS ON SOUND FOOTING

According to The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13 released by the World Economic Forum in Geneva recently the UAE has been ranked 24th out of 144 countries globally, jumping three ranks from last year.
The report evaluates the countries competitiveness along the 12 pillars corresponding to three main stages of economic development: Stage 1: Factor Driven; Stage 2: Efficiency Driven; and Stage 3: Innovation Driven.
The UAE had joined the innovation and creativity driven economies since 2006. As a result it has been ranked ahead of New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Spain.
Switzerland, for the fourth consecutive year, tops the overall rankings while Singapore remains in second position and Finland in third position, overtaking Sweden (4th).
These and other Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with the Netherlands (5th), Germany (6th) and United Kingdom (8th).
The United States (7th), Hong Kong (9th) and Japan (10th) complete the ranking of the top 10 most competitive economies.
"Despite growing its overall competitiveness score, the United States continues its decline for the fourth year in a row, falling two more places to seventh position,” the report says.
"In addition to the burgeoning macroeconomic vulnerabilities, some aspects of the country's institutional environment continue to raise concern among business leaders, particularly the low public trust in politicians and a perceived lack of government efficiency. On a more positive note, the country still remains a global innovation powerhouse and its markets work efficiently.”
Countries in Southern Europe, i.e. Portugal (49th), Spain (36th), Italy (42nd) and particularly Greece (96th) continue to suffer from competitiveness weaknesses in terms of macroeconomic imbalances, poor access to financing, rigid labour markets and an innovation deficit, the report shows.
"Persisting divides in competitiveness across regions and within regions, particularly in Europe, are at the origin of the turbulence we are experiencing today, and this is jeopardising our future prosperity.” Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, said in a statement.
"We urge governments to act decisively by adopting long-term measures to enhance competitiveness and return the world to a sustainable growth path.”
The report indicates that Switzerland and countries in Northern Europe have been consolidating their strong competitiveness positions since the financial and economic downturn in 2008.
The UAE has improved its ranking by three to the 24th position from last year's 27. However, The UAE is the only Arab country included in the top category of leading economies — Global Economics driven by Innovation.
Reem Al Hashimi, Minister of State and Chairperson of the Emirates Competitiveness Council said the report is an authentication from the international community about the status of UAE as one of the most advanced and innovative countries, thanks to the wise UAE leadership for the UAE's 2021 vision to make the UAE one of the most competitive countries in the world by 2021.
She added that the UAE's competiveness index regarding the labour market efficiency surged by 21 points to seventh globally, reiterating that the UAE would score better results in the next global competiveness reports.
The UAE topped the list of Arab countries and ranked 5th globally in the World Bank's Doing Business Report for ease of trading across borders.
Similarly, it ranked 1st among Arab countries and 17th worldwide on the UN's recent World Happiness Report and 16th internationally in the IMD s World Competitiveness Yearbook. – The Gulf Today

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UAE unveils Expo 2020 masterplan


posted on 24/11/2012

Paris: Dubai's presentation to the International Exhibition Bureau to host the Expo 2020 included a few surprises on Thursday, such as a subway system for the exhibition area and a personal endorsement from Gates.
All five of the cities bidding for the event gave 20-minute presentations at the Paris headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Thursday. Dubai's presentation was given by Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State. The UAE delegation to the IEB was lead by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee.
We are proud of history, but we also have a clear vision of our future,” Al Hashemi said. "We are committed to delivering an unforgettable World Expo.” She also called it "the whole nation's bid”.
Dubai's theme for 2020 is "Connecting Minds, and Creating the Future.” Al Hashemi said Dubai's vision for the World Expo would include four sub-themes — sustainability, clean energy, smart systems, and opportunity.
Dubai's bid also focused heavily on the city's ability to bring in visitors. According to the presentation, two-thirds of the world's population lives within eight hours of Dubai. Twenty-five million visitors are expected to attend, with 70 per cent of those attending coming from outside the UAE.
The event itself will be held equidistant between Dubai and Abu Dhabi on 438 hectares of land, allowing visitors the choice of arriving in either of the two cities.
The focal point of the exhibition will be a central pavilion called Al Wasl, which means "The Connection” in Arabic. The plans for the arrangement of pavilions from visiting nations is inspired by Arabian souqs, or markets. Smaller buildings will be located near the centre of the exhibition with larger buildings on the outside. To comply with its sub-theme of mobility, Dubai said it plans build an underground railway system to connect the Al Wasl with the outer pavilions.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who was at the presentation, said Dubai also has infrastructure plans that include air, sea and land transport. Those plans include extending the Dubai Metro to the Al Maktoum Airport.
Al Tayer said he hopes any legacy left behind by the World Expo would extend to more than just business.
"I would like to see it have an impact socially and educationally,” he said. "Whatever infrastructure will be built, its an investment for the future.” Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said he believes Dubai's infrastructure plays a large role in improving Dubai's bid.
"I truly believe Dubai has a better bid, because it's a city that has been invested in already,” he said. "And we have invested. We have an infrastructure that is unmatched by anyone else today.”
In keeping with the clean energy theme, the proposed exhibition site will also be covered by a canopy of photovoltaic material, which should produce enough solar power to cover 50 per cent of the Expo's electricity needs. At night, the underside of the canopy will act as a screen for video presentations and light shows. Thursday's presentation also included a video with prominent figures, such as Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister for Foreign Trade, who spoke of the UAE's position as a business hub, and Emirates CEO Tim Clark, who spoke of the airline's plans to double its service into Africa and its ability to make Dubai accessible to the world.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
The surprise event of the show was the appearance of Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, who is also the founder and co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation. Gates spokes of his visit to the 1964 world's fair in Seattle, and the effect that it had on sparking innovation in the Seattle area.
Gates also gave his personal endorsement of Dubai's bid, saying the city "would be a great location to host a World Expo”. Al Hashemi said if Dubai wins its bid for the Expo, it would tentatively be scheduled for October 21 and run until April 21, with the event's ending coinciding with the being of the celebration for the UAE's 50th National Day.
After the Expo is finished, Dubai plans to turn the pavilion grounds into a research and development centre or a university.
Dubai is scheduled to present its completed dossier for its Expo 2020 bid on December 3, at which time additional information, such as the proposed budget to build the exhibition centre and upgrade any infrastructure, would be announced.
This was the third set of presentations to the International Exhibition Bureau. Two more presentation are scheduled before the announcement of the winner, which is likely to happen in October 2013. Other cities competing to host the Expo 2020 include Sao Paulo, Brazil; Ayatthaya, Thailand; Izmir, Turkey and Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Many at the conference have written off Brazil's chances of winning their Expo 2020 bid because the country's winning bids for the Olympics Games and Fifa World Cup.
Of the remaining three, Al Tayer said Ekaterinburg and Izmir offer the toughest competing bids.
"Are all them are strong, but Russia and Turkey are our biggest competitors.”
Mohammad Ebrahim Al Shaibani, Deputy Chairman of the Higher Committee and Director of the Dubai Ruler's Court, said Dubai is ready to deliver on what it promises. "This is a challenge, but this will be just another challenge that we are used to,” he said. "We never failed to deliver.”
Strategic location
The masterplan for Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, the proposed site to host the six-month World Expo 2020, was selected due to its strategic location, equidistant
between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and adjacent to the Dubai World Central airport and Jebel Ali Port, providing ease of access for the millions of international and local visitors expected.
The site masterplan, which was designed by HOK, Populus and Arup. Inspired by traditional Arab souqs, the site integrates the UAE's unique architectural heritage and environment of vibrancy and trade with the requirements of the Expo to foster the fundamental principles of innovation, partnership and collaboration between participants and visitors.
"Today, we are very pleased to share the masterplan for Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, our proposed site to host the 2020 World Expo,” Reem Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, said. "This 438-hectare site will be one of the largest ever used for a World Expo and will ensure an unforgettable experience.”
The design is aligned to the legacy proposition and future use of the site, with the main walkways shaded by a photovoltaic fabric structure, which will capture solar energy to
generate clean power, plus contribute nearly 50 per cent of the power requirements that are needed for Expo.
Helal Saeed Al Merri, CEO of the Dubai World Trade Centre, said: "Legacy planning will be deployed at the earliest stages of Expo preparations, leveraging every opportunity for Dubai Expo 2020 to re-energise research, innovation and collaboration across the site, and truly resonating the core principles of our bid theme and sub-themes.” – Gulf News

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World Expo 2020 Higher Committee organises reception in Paris


posted on 24/11/2012

Paris: The Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020, under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, organised a reception Thursday evening at the French Opera House here in Paris. More than 500 Arab and foreign politicians, economists, diplomats and decision-makers attended the event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE delegation participates in the General Assembly meetings of Bureau International des Expositions, BIE


posted on 24/11/2012

Paris: The UAE delegation attended along with the delegations from the other four countries bidding to host 2020 World Expo, the General Assembly meeting of the Bureau International des Expositions, BIE held in Paris on Thursday. Delegations from 161 member countries are participating in the meeting.
The World Expo, one of the oldest and largest international events established before a century and a half, takes place every five years in different cities around the globe and lasts for six months. It has never been hosted so far by an Arab country in its history of over 150 years.
Dubai is one of five cities competing to host the World Expo in 2020. The other candidate cities include: Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai made a final inspection of the UAE pavilion running concurrently with the General Assembly meetings. The pavilions at the exhibition showcase the infrastructure of each bidding city to substantiate its claim of the ability to host the global event. The exhibition is part of the effort to win the votes of the 161 member states in the amalgamation.
The Higher Committee was formed by a decree last May by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai . H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, serves as Chairman of the Committee.
A key meeting point for the global community to share innovations and make progress on issues of international importance; each World Expo is also a catalyst for economic, cultural and social transformation that generates important legacies for the host city and nation.
During his inspection of the pavilion Sheikh Ahmed met with the heads of various delegations from member states and held talks with them.
In a presentation made at the meeting, Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi welcomed the world community to UAE and explained its capability and strong infrastructure to host the World Expo in the city of Dubai in 2020. She also shed light on the colossal facilities Dubai can offer once its wins the bid. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dubai takes the next step in its bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Paris


posted on 22/11/2012

Paris: Dubai's Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo g gave a 20-minute presentation at the International Exhibitions Bureau (Bureau International des Expositions, BIE) before noon. The presentation is expected to unveil portions of the UAE's master plan for the expo, and is also likely to focus on Dubai's ability to host the global event.
The World Expo is the third largest global, non-commercial event in terms of economic and cultural impact, after the Fifa World Cup and the Olympic Games. World Expo aims to promote several aspects of society including art and design, education, culture, science, international trade, technology and tourism.
If Dubai wins its bid, the expo is expected to provide jobs for residents and citizens. The estimated budget for development of infrastructure ranges between US$2-US$4 billion (Dh7.3-Dh14.6 billion).
Hosting an World Expo can bring between 20 and 45 million visitors to the host city, an influx of thousands of new businesses prior to and during the event, representation from over 160 countries, and potentially billions of dollars in new economic activity.
If Dubai hosts the event, it will likely take place near the Al Maktoum Airport and would open in October 2020 and run for six months.
Competitors
Four other countries are also competing for the honour of hosting the Expo: Turkey, Brazil, Russia, and Thailand.
Today's presentation is the third of five to be given to 160 country members of the Bureau des Expositions by the UAE. The winning city will be announced in November 2013 in Paris.
If Dubai is selected, it would be a first time the international expo has been hosted in the Arab World.
On Wednesday night, the UAE hosted a reception and gala dinner at the Palais Garnier. It included a welcoming address by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group and President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and the managing director of the Higher Committee, Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State.
Opera singer and UAE national Sara Al Qaiwani performed at the event, as did singer Leona Lewis of X Factor fame. – Gulf News

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Mohammed bin Rashid selects eight Expo Ambassadors


posted on 21/11/2012

The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has selected eight individuals to serve as "Expo Ambassadors" to support the country's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.
These Expo Ambassadors, who were selected based on the quality of their submission to the recently concluded "Be part of it" competition, will represent the UAE at a high-level reception in Paris, France, on November 21. The reception will take place on the eve of the country's forthcoming presentation to the General Assembly of the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the international organisation responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also selected three youth winners, who will receive special recognition for their submissions, along with opportunities to represent the UAE's Expo 2020 bid, such as participating in Expo-themed outreach programmes at educational institutions across the country.
These winners, who symbolise the diversity and inclusiveness of the UAE, represent the very best essays, poems, photographs, artworks and short films from among all of the entries submitted over the past four months in response to the question: Why should the UAE be chosen to host the world in 2020? The eight Expo Ambassadors include: Sara Al Boom, UAE - short film Khawla Darwish, UAE - art Marwan Al-Haj, UAE - essay Adel Ibrahim, Comoros - art Muhammad Al Janabi, Iraq - photography Jasim M, India - art Eenas El Sheakh, Egypt - poetry Ben Ouattara, Germany - film The three youth winners include: Maathangi Anirudh, India - art Ayesha Khan, India - poetry George Zacharia, India - art Each of these winning entries - along with all other submissions entered throughout the "Be part of it" competition - can be viewed on the Expo 2020 website (www.expo2020dubai.ae).
Dubai, UAE is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil). The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the BIE.
The Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 was formed by decree by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, serves as Chairman of the Committee. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid attends presentation on 2020 World Expo committee


posted on 19/11/2012

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attendedyesterday in Dubai a presentation chronicling the efforts and achievements made so far by the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo since it was established last May.
The Higher Committee was formed by a decree by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, serves as Chairman of the Committee.
The presentation also explained the dossier on the UAE's bid that the Higher Committee will present at the International Exhibitions Bureau (Bureau International des Expositions, BIE) during its meeting in Paris next month. 161 member countries of BIE are expected to take part.
The dossier substantiates with facts and figures the ability of Dubai to host the global event.
The presentation, at the Emirates Towers, was attended by Dubai Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and senior officials. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo 2020 team continues academic community outreach programme at the British University in Dubai


posted on 12/11/2012

As part of an ongoing outreach campaign to generate support for the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the Expo team this week opened an informational kiosk on the campus of The British University in Dubai (BUiD).
This kiosk, which provides visitors key insights into the UAE's Expo bid, is designed to encourage students and faculty to take part in the country's campaign to win the right to welcome the world on the eve of the UAE's 50th anniversary.
This initiative at BUiD follows similar programmes recently launched at the American University in Dubai, the Canadian University in Dubai, the University of Wollongong in Dubai and Zayed University. These events are part of a continuing series of outreach initiatives designed to raise nationwide awareness of the country's Expo bid among diverse communities, including young people.
Throughout the daylong outreach programme, the Expo team highlighted how hosting the Expo would create new opportunities for young people to think, explore and connect with the global community while learning first-hand about innovative solutions to the world's biggest challenges.
Professor Abdullah Alshamsi, BUiD's Vice Chancellor, said: "The British University in Dubai is very pleased to support the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. Since this event is an international event that conforms to the strategic plan of the government of Dubai and the UAE, and as Dubai is an international hub for world trade and economic activity, we are confident of success due to the highly developed and integrated urban infrastructure already in place in Dubai and its world-class management." The Expo team also encouraged the academic community across the country to join the campaign, commenting that these ongoing outreach initiatives are key to raising awareness among students and strengthening the UAE's Expo bid.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions - the international body responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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Expo 2020 team launches outreach programme at UOWD


posted on 04/11/2012

In line with its mission to increase awareness of the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the Expo team this week opened an informational kiosk on the campus of the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). This kiosk, offering visitors key insights into the UAE's Expo bid, is designed to encourage students and faculty to take part in the UAE's ongoing campaign to welcome the world on the eve of its 50th anniversary.
This initiative at UOWD follows similar programmes recently held at the American University in Dubai, Zayed University and the Canadian University in Dubai. These events are part of an ongoing series of outreach initiatives to raise awareness and generate enthusiasm for the bid among diverse communities, including young people.
Throughout the daylong programme, the Expo team highlighted to visitors the many benefits the Expo can provide, such as increased economic opportunities, a platform for new ideas and a chance to learn first-hand about innovative solutions to the world's biggest challenges.
"The University of Wollongong in Dubai is delighted to support Dubai's bid to host the Expo 2020." Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment at UOWD said. "UOWD is strongly committed to community engagement and this is a great opportunity for students and staff to learn more about the Expo." The Expo team encouraged the academic community across the country to join the campaign, commenting that these ongoing outreach initiatives are key to raising awareness among students and strengthening the UAE's bid to welcome the world in 2020.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions - the international organisation responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo 2020 Facebook page reaches 100,000 "Likes"


posted on 30/10/2012

The UAE's official Expo Facebook page reached 100,000 "Likes" this week, in a clear sign of the growing enthusiasm for the country's bid to welcome the world on the eve of its 50th anniversary.
The page, which was launched by the Expo team just five months ago, is a valuable tool for supporters across the country and around the world to receive updates on the progress of the bid and to share relevant news and information with friends and colleagues.
The Expo team highlighted that the Like function, which allows users of the popular social networking site to easily show their support for various causes and organisations, is key to gauging awareness and assessing the impact of various outreach programmes. Reaching the 100,000 milestone is evidence of the success these initiatives have achieved in recent months.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions - the international organisation responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo 2020 team launches awareness programme at the American University in Dubai


posted on 24/10/2012

In line with its goal to generate support for the UAE's Expo 2020 bid among diverse communities, including young people, the Expo team this week launched an awareness programme at the American University in Dubai (AUD) to encourage students to participate in this important nationwide campaign.
As part of the programme, the Expo team shared insights into why the UAE is ideally placed to welcome the world in 2020, and how the event will provide a platform for young people across the region and around the globe to connect, share and help create solutions to key challenges facing the world today.
Ms. Ghalia Ballan, External Relations Manager at the American University in Dubai, commented: "Inside every person living in Dubai also lives a piece of their hometown, making this city one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. The American University in Dubai is itself a miniature of the city in which it resides, and with its diverse student body reflects this cosmopolitanism. This is one of many reasons why AUD administration and students fervently support Dubai Expo 2020." This visit to AUD follows similar outreach programmes recently launched at Zayed University and the Canadian University in Dubai, as part of an ongoing series of academic community outreach initiatives to raise awareness and generate enthusiasm for the UAE's Expo 2020 bid.
The team also opened an Expo 2020 kiosk on the AUD campus to raise awareness about the bid and highlight to students and visitors how they can join this truly once-in-a-lifetime campaign by taking part in a number of ongoing initiatives designed to boost the bid's profile and help the UAE win the right to host this monumental event.
The Expo team encouraged the academic community across the country to join the campaign, commenting that these ongoing outreach programmes are important to raising awareness among students and strengthening the UAE's bid to welcome the world in 2020.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions - the international organisation responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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Over 180 firms support UAE’s Expo 2020 bid campaign


posted on 18/10/2012

Over 180 firms from the UAE and around the world have pledged to help raise awareness of the country's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, following the recent launch of an online initiative for corporate bid supporters.
The "Support the bid” programme, accessible on the Expo 2020 website, provides corporate visitors with an application form to become Expo 2020 bid supporters, along with access to campaign resources, including Expo brand guidelines, fact sheets, posters and high-resolution logos for company banners and email signatures.
Since the launch of this initiative, firms from a wide range of sectors of activity have registered as bid supporters -including 32 manufacturing, construction and engineering firms” 20 companies in the hospitality and events industry” 19 firms from the media, entertainment and publishing industry” and 17 transportation and logistics companies. In total, companies from 14 different countries have pledged to support the UAE's Expo 2020 bid, including firms from across the Middle East, Australia, Canada, India, the UK and the US.
Firms interested in supporting the bid can visit the UAE Expo site and follow the steps to the bid supporter page. After completing a short profile about the company, a bid supporter request will be sent to the Expo team for approval. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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US-UAE Business Council supports U.A.E. bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai


posted on 16/10/2012

Washington D.C.: The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council has voiced its support for the United Arab Emirates' bid to host the 2020 World Exposition in Dubai under the theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.
'The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, our Board of Directors, and our member companies are proud to support the United Arab Emirates' bid to host the 2020 World Exposition in Dubai under the theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future',' Danny E. Sebright, President of U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, affirmed.
'The federal campaign's theme perfectly embodies Dubai's standing as one of the most diverse cities in the world and its position as a global hub for commerce, knowledge, and innovation. The bid also underscores the U.A.E.'s increasingly important role in regional and global affairs,' he said.
Undoubtedly, Mr. Sebright added, leadership of the U.A.E. and its deserving community are poised to deliver a truly remarkable and ground-breaking exposition, buoyed by the U.A.E.'s central geographic location, world class infrastructure, and proven track record of hosting world-class events.
The US-UAE Business Council is committed to supporting this important effort and I invite you to learn more about the U.A.E.'s bid by visiting http://expo2020dubai.ae/.– Emirates News Agency, WAM

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DP World announces official support to the UAE's bid to host Expo 2020 in Dubai


posted on 11/10/2012

In a major show of support for the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the senior leadership of DP World announced yesterday its commitment to serve as a "Premier Partner" of the bid. This follows a formal signing ceremony with His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World.
DP World, which employs more than 30,000 staff and operates over 60 terminals across six continents, will engage internal and external stakeholders through a wide range of outreach initiatives to raise awareness about the country's bid to host the first World Expo ever held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
Reem Al Hashimy said: "DP World is one of the many success stories in the UAE. We are very excited that the firm has joined our World Expo 2020 bid campaign. As a Premier Partner and as a global port operator, DP World will play a key role in demonstrating that the UAE has the geographical reach, infrastructure and human capital essential to host this monumental event in 2020." Highlighting the strength of the firm's commitment to the Expo bid, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: "Dubai and the UAE are home to our flagship terminal, Jebel Ali Port. This is where our successful journey to become a global port operator began and we are proud and honoured to be named a Premier Partner of the UAE's bid to bring this important global event to Dubai. We will work with the Expo Bid team and our fellow Premier Partners to attract international support, showcasing the UAE's unique capabilities, including highlighting Jebel Ali's readiness to provide the logistical support required to make Expo 2020 a global success." DP World joins five other UAE-based organisations that have already been named as Premier Partners of the Expo 2020 bid, including Dubai Airports, Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat and Jumeirah Group.
World Expo - one of the oldest and largest international events - takes place every five years and lasts for six months. Since 1851, World Expos have provided unique opportunities for people from across the globe to come together and appreciate the world's cultural diversity and technological wonders.
Dubai is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand), Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey), and Sao Paulo (Brasil).
The winner will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid orders adding of new members to the Supreme Committee for Expo 2020


posted on 04/10/2012

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered on Wednesday, adding of three more authorities to the membership of the Supreme Committee for Expo 2020.
The adding of the General Command of the Dubai Police, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality as members of the Supreme Committee reflects his belief in the importance of making concerted national efforts in its quest to host Expo 2020 in the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed the need for coordination and consultation among various stakeholders in this event of cultural, tourism economic importance, for promoting UAE on local, regional and international levels to gain support of all fraternal and friendly countries who will vote for the city of Dubai to host this international fair. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE has rich MICE expertise to host world expo 2020: Egypt's Tourism Minister


posted on 25/09/2012

Cairo: The UAE's success of hosting prestigious international events will boost its likelihood to win the bid for hosting the world expo 2020, Egypt's Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou said yesterday.
'The UAE has rich experience which qualifies it to organise and host the world's largest exhibitions and conferences,' he said as he received board of the Arab Centre for Tourism Media led by Secretary General Hussein Al Manaie.
The UAE, he noted, had built a world-class infrastructure and diversified its sources of income, thus earning a reputed place in the world's economy, and this makes it a destination of choice for international businesses and investment.
The minister congratulated Dubai for being crowned the World Festival and Event City 2012 by the International Festivals and Events Association.
The minister discussed with the Centre delegation of 15 Arab and Gulf media persons a host of issues relevant to the tourism sector and arrangement for the Centre's fifth forum in 2013. The delegation is in Cairo on an invitation from the Ministry.
Al Manaie said the Centre is currently mulling mechanisms to support the UAE's bid to host world expo 2020 through its different branches in Kuwait, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Oman and Jordan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dubai's hosting of Expo 2020 will provide job opportunities for citizens, residents, says Reem Al Hashimy


posted on 24/09/2012

Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 in Dubai said that the expo is expected to provide more job opportunities in services sector for residents and citizens as well.
In an interview conducted by Journalist Fabrice Valserre of French Valeures Actuelles magazine, Al Hashimy said a committee has been set up to study all issues related to hosting of the Expo.
Al Hashimy stressed the importance of organising Expo in Dubai, expressing her hope that winning of the bid bears huge potentials to highlight Dubai's preparation to deal with expected challenge.
She noted that in case of selecting Dubai, it would be a first time to host an international expo in the Arab World, the Middle East, North Africa and India, referring to the support Dubai received from the Arab League.
Al Hashimy expressed her pride of Dubai's cultural diversity, a city which hosts 200 nationalities, adding that they live in harmony, and "This contributes to enriching culture and history of the UAE community".
Regarding hosting Expo 2020, the minister said, there are plans for new infrastructure to be added to the current one. She added that the allocated budget for development of infrastructure ranges between US$2- 4 billion in case Dubai wins the bid.
She added that Dubai is rallying votes of allies and partners to help it win hosting of International Expo in decisive moment in November 2013 in Paris.
The French journalist was invited by the National Media Council (NMC) to assess Dubai's preparations to win the bid to host Expo" 2020. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo 2020 team launches awareness programs for schools and universities


posted on 20/09/2012

In line with its mandate to increase public awareness about the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo, the Expo team this week launched two outreach programs to encourage students and academic faculty to participate in this important nationwide campaign.
The Expo team hosted an informational kiosk at "What Works" - a conference organised by Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority representing 500 educators from every private school across the emirate.
Held at Zayed University, conference attendees learned more about World Expos and how their students can support the bid and be part of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The team also opened an Expo 2020 kiosk on the campus of Canadian University in Dubai to generate support for the bid and highlight the many benefits the Expo can provide students, such as increased economic opportunities, a platform for new ideas and a chance to learn first-hand about innovative solutions to the world's biggest challenges.
The Expo team encouraged the academic community across the country to join the campaign, commenting that these ongoing outreach initiatives are key to raising awareness among students and strengthening the UAE's bid to welcome the world in 2020.
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions - the international organisation responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.– Emirates News Agency, WAM

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World Energy Forum 2012 supports the Dubai EXPO 2020 bid


posted on 06/09/2012

The Higher Organising Committee of the World Energy Forum 2012 (WEF) has announced its support for the Dubai Expo 2020 bid under the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'.
The forum, hosted for the first time outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City, will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 22 24 October 2012 under the theme, A Forum for World Leaders.
This support will entail providing information, leaflets, media content, and ad space at the forum's venue, which will feature a large number of ministers, ambassadors, media, and officials from both public and private sectors.
"The WEF 2012 represents a great opportunity to support the Dubai 2020 Expo bid, especially with the common themes of clean energy and water, transportation and logistics, and economic development. The forum will discuss a proposed energy sustainability road map benefiting all nations and promoting a new culture for sustainability of global energy, which supports the world economy and all member states of the United Nations; providing a joint international platform towards a cleaner and safer energy supply for humanity," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of The Supreme Council of Energy and Vice Chairman of the WEF 2012 Higher Organising Committee.
In November 2011, the UAE submitted its official bid to host Expo 2020 to the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) in Paris to compete for the world event scheduled between 4 January and 30 June 2020. The UAE is proposing to host the six-month exhibition at a 438-hectares plot to be built southwest the city of Dubai, adjacent to Dubai World Central, which will host the new Al Maktoum International Airport. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo 2012 Yeosu award provides strong catalyst for Expo 2020: Reem Al Hashimy


posted on 16/08/2012

The UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea would have not been awarded the Silver Medal for its creative display' without the unwavering support lent by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and sound directives of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Managing Director of Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, said.
In an interview with Emirates News Agency, Al Hashimy credited significant efforts H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), has made to enable the Pavilion render wonderful success before 8 million visitors to the international expo from more than 100 countries and international organisations over the elapsed three months.
Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea was organised by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) to be May 12 to August 12, 2012. The theme of the Expo is "The Living Ocean and Coast" with subthemes of "Preservation and Sustainable Development of the Ocean and Coast," "New Resources Technology," and "Creative Marine Activities.'
Al Hashimy said guidance of Sheikh Abdullah to the NMC, organiser and supervisor of the Pavilion, provided the key motive to the NMC team to score the prominent rank among category (A) of the top ten major exhibitors at Expo 2012 Yeosu.
The minister cited words by Sheikh Abdullah during his meeting with Vicente Gonzalez
Loscertales, Secretary General of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE): "We are keen on showing the real face of this part of the world, which is characterised with openness, tolerance and diversity. The Government of UAE is firmly committed to present the best offer to win the bid to host World Expo 2020." He added that "We are proud of the efforts being exerted to depict to the world the open and creative nature of the UAE community. We have the honour to welcome the world to see for itself the openness and tolerance we have in the UAE.'
Expressing her extreme delight at this achievement, Al Hashimy said it had proven the
merits of the UAE people to deliver excellence at international events, like Expo 2012 Yeosu,
and to present the bright, civilised image of the UAE to the nations of the world.
The minister also commended the role played by Takatof Programme for Social Volunteering,
part of Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, in welcoming visitors and giving them insights into the UAE's achievements.
She indicated that the UAE team used the Expo 2012 Yeosu platform to promote the UAE bid to host Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The creative display, she noted, features a collection of documentaries showing the deep historic connection of the UAE with the sea.
'The UAE has efficiently deserved the honour because the joint NMC and UAE team I had the honour to lead to the national day celebrations at Expo 2012 Yeosu had worked diligently before and during the Expo to promote achievements the UAE made over four decades,' she added.
She also described the classification of the UAE Pavilion among the top-rated A class along with China, US, Japan, Russia, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark, as a ' great achievement' for UAE engagement in international expositions. This important milestone will prod us to work confidently to mobilise all resources to win the bid for hosting the Expo 2020.'
'Winning the Expo 2012 Yeosu award in a tough competition with major exhibiting countries ahead of voting for Expo 2020 provides a real support for UAE's bid to host the international event in Dubai.'
'We have made a marked progress in promoting the UAE's bid to host Expo 2010 at Expo 2012
Yeosu thanks to the sound guidance of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,' she noted.
The UAE pavilion-sponsored campaign has elicited interest of Korean officials and representatives of the 160 member BIE.
On preparations to rally international support for UAE's bid to host Expo 2020, Al Hashimy said ' I'm optimistic of winning the bid'.
She affirmed that ' Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has injected hope on us for hosting the Expo 2020. Potentials and credentials the UAE boasts of, qualify it to compete for staging the world's largest exposition.' 'International voting will definitely enhance the UAE's position globally and this fits the UAE vision 2021.' The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', she added carries our long-held belief that road to a bright future rests on our ability to positive interaction and constructive partnership.
Spearheaded by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Higher Committee on Hosting the World Expo 2020 will participate in five events of the General Assembly of the BIE in Paris starting from November 2012 up to November 2013, when 60 member states will vote to select the host nation for the Expo She disclosed that a high-level team from the Paris-based BIE will visit the UAE in February and March 2013 to view the infrastructure in Dubai on reality and make sure that Dubai is well-prepared to host the world's largest expo.
Additionally, she said, 200 representatives from the 160 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will visit the UAE ahead of final vote to view facilities and services available in the UAE and Dubai in particular.
She said that in the event of success of Dubai's bid to host the Expo 2020, it will be the first time this World Fair takes place in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent region. This will provide unprecedented opportunities for everyone to participate in this event, and it will also become the first global exhibition in the modern history that can attract the majority of visitors from around the world, thanks to Dubai's geographical location and its openness to the world.
She said that the UAE is a land of opportunities for millions of people from around the world who seek business and work, because it was founded on the values and principles that focus on welcoming foreigners from all over the world. This is evident from the fact that UAE is home to expatriates from more than 200 different nationalities and they live together in harmony, peace, security and stability.
"UAE is a country where cultures intermingle, where ideas flourish and hopes thrive", she stressed.
Speaking about the ability of UAE to uphold the motto of the exhibition, Al Hashimy affirmed that the work has already begun to turn the motto into a practical reality. The slogan that has been selected for the Expo Dubai 2020 themes around the 'communication among human minds and shaping the future of the world', she noted.
This motto has carefully been selected with a view to formulate solutions to the unprecedented challenges our world is facing now and which will become more pressing in the year 2020. This can be achieved through sustainable partnerships and intellectual communication that may contribute to the conversion of many of these challenges into opportunities for the benefit of the peoples.
She stressed that Dubai Expo 2020 will provide an opportunity for proactive response to some issues that concern the whole world, such as clean energy, water, transport, logistics and economic development.
Al Hashimy predicted that in November next year, the intense competition among the five countries who have made the bid to host the world event in 2020 will be decided and the name of the winning country will be announced after counting of the votes at a ceremony to be held for this purpose under the supervision of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE).
She emphasised that through the hosting of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, it will become an achievement of great importance not only on domestic level but also on the regional level, as this would be the first time such a huge event takes place in a wide geographic area that includes the African continent, the Middle East and South East Asia, where not a single country in such a wide geographic stretch has ever hosted this event in its history of 160 years.
The UAE entered fierce competition for the medals and awards of the International Bureau of Exhibitions in Expo 2012 and was able to outperform all other competitors in the group except for China, which won the gold medal while Australia won the bronze medal.
The UAE pavilion at Expo Yeosu 2012 which was supervised by the National Media Council (NMC) found wide recognition and praise for its performances and presentations using a variety of media that carried an important message.
The UAE pavilion was designed to reflect the country's relationship with the sea and it could shed light on the ancient maritime heritage of the country as well as on the important role UAE play in maritime trade in the past and present. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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