Expo 2020 Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed welcomes 170 delegates for a pre-event meeting
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, welcomed the Commissioners of the countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai.
The sixth international meeting of Expo participants was hosted by Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday. It is the last gathering of nations, multilateral organizations, academic institutions and businesses before the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The global event is expected to begin in 150 days, on October 1, after being delayed for a year due to the pandemic.
“Dubai today hosted delegates representing 173 countries and 24 international organizations at the last meeting of international attendees before Expo 2020 Dubai opens in October,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
“The world is recovering … and we are ready to host 190 countries for the world’s biggest event.”
Dubai’s tourism chief said key events such as Expo 2020 would help draw visitors to the city.
The attendees’ meeting welcomed more than 370 delegates from around the world, demonstrating the country’s willingness to host the event, following the success of the UAE’s measures to combat the coronavirus.
“We are very optimistic about the figures for the year,” said Issam Kazim, managing director of Dubai Tourism.
However, he said the pandemic made it difficult to predict how many business and leisure tourists would return.
The forecast was “a bit on the back burner” as some markets supposed to allow international travel instead imposed restrictions, he said.
Plans for Expo 2020 are proceeding as planned.
“This could not have happened without the unwavering support and enthusiasm of each of our 200+ participants who have been with us every step of the way,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, Chairman of the Senior Committee of Dubai Expo 2020. Wam news agency reported.
“As we approach the culmination of our journey to deliver an Expo that inspires, enlightens and amazes, our message is clear: we are ready to welcome the world. ”
Delegates will receive updates on the six-month event during the two-day meeting, including actions taken, in line with the broader UAE efforts, to ensure the health and well-being of staff, participants and visitors to the exhibition.
The first universal exhibition to be held in the region will take place from October 1 to March 31. The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
On Monday, the Dubai Cares charity was the latest participant to reveal details of its pavilion, which will highlight education.
Last week a replica of Michelangelo’s masterpiece David was unveiled at the Italian pavilion.
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