Key UAE and Dubai government bodies have committed to the structure of delivery of critical services and provision of facilities that will maximize Dubai and the UAE’s preparedness to welcome the world for Expo 2020 Dubai, to ensure the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and Asia is a resounding success.
Formalising the support of their respective entities, His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA); His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority; His Excellency Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai; Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports; His Excellency Eng Dawood Abdul Rahman Al-Hajri, Director General, Dubai Municipality; and His Excellency Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director General, Dubai Health Authority, signed an operational responsibility matrix that will drive alignment and readiness for Expo 2020 Dubai. By mapping out the vital roles and responsibilities for the mega-event, Expo 2020 and government entities will ensure a seamless Expo visit on par with the positive experiences visitors have become accustomed to in Dubai – one of the world’s most visited cities – and the UAE.
His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of His Highness The Ruler’s Court of Dubai and Chairman of City Readiness Committee to host Expo 2020 Dubai, said:
“Dubai and the UAE are renowned the world over for offering an exceptional experience for residents and tourists alike – a result of a deep-rooted spirit of hospitality, world-class infrastructure, cutting-edge technology and globally competitive economic models.
“Today, government entities, who have been active contributors to the nation’s success story, have committed to their crucial roles in making the largest event to take place in the Arab region an overwhelmingly positive experience for visitors, reinforcing the readiness of Expo, Dubai and the UAE to welcome the world for a six-month celebration of creativity, innovation, human progress and culture. With their support, we will exceed the high expectations people have of our great city and nation, enabling Expo 2020 to fulfill its purpose of gathering the world to make a meaningful, positive impact on our planet and its people.”
Consistently ranked among the safest cities and countries in the world, Dubai and the UAE continue to attract tourists and new residents, and are home to the busiest airport in the world for international travel, Dubai International Airport. Dubai has been ranked the best smart centre in the Arab world for development of creativity, innovation and delivery of new technology, and the UAE was one of only five countries globally that achieved a higher ranking in 2021 in an increasingly competitive global foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction environment. The UAE was also ranked ninth in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2020, and 12th in the world in the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2019 report.
Running from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 will coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the UAE, and highlight the country’s role as a global connecting hub for people, ideas and innovation. Expo 2020 Dubai’s site has been built to high environmental and sustainability standards, as well as the highest technological infrastructure, making it a true reflection of what responsible future cities could look like.
With the whole world present complemented by a virtual platform to strengthen the Expo experience, Expo 2020 Dubai offers incredible opportunities to collaborate on future technologies, innovation and enterprise, building on the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ with the subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.