Najib Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai, confirmed that the exhibition will promote the values ​​of openness, diversity and tolerance with participating countries, to make a positive impact in the world and contribute to building a better future for all mankind.

Al-Ali told Emirates Today that the number of countries that will build their wings is 81, while the rest of the 111 participating countries will have their own suites, noting that the value of contracts awarded by Expo 2020 Dubai to small companies. The average was 3.62 billion dirhams as of August 2019.

Global platform

Najib Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “With the countdown to one year of the world's most spectacular event, progress has been made in all areas to open the first Expo to be hosted by the Middle East, Africa and South Asia”. .

He added, "We are working to be Expo 2020 Dubai as a global platform and an opportunity for the brightest minds in the world, to meet and communicate with the people of the UAE and its residents, and identify appropriate solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing humanity."

He explained that the areas of progress have been the construction sector, where the installation of the dome «Wasl Square», and the construction of the three themes areas: «opportunities, mobility and sustainability», which includes 86 mixed-use buildings distributed on three «petals», are: opportunities and mobility Sustainability, which in turn relates to the “Wasl Square” surrounded by five other mixed-use buildings.

Al-Ali continued: «Construction and clothing work continues in the buildings surrounding Al Wasl Square and the suites of the countries, and is intensifying cooperation with local government institutions to accomplish everything that makes (Expo) exceptional».

Suites and facilities

Al-Ali revealed that the number of countries that will build their wings in the exhibition amount to 81 countries, while the rest of the participating countries, numbering 111 countries, will be taken from the sub-theme buildings wings, provided that each country has its own pavilion, pointing out that this will be the first of its kind throughout the sessions International Expo.

He stressed that all of the above buildings and facilities are located in the fenced area of ​​the exhibition, which extends about two square kilometers, while the remaining area of ​​2.4 square kilometers will include facilities and support buildings include «Expo Village 2020» dedicated to the establishment of participating delegations, and staff working on site. To warehouses, logistic facilities, transportation stations, hotels, retail outlets and a public park.

Expo messages

Al-Ali said that Expo 2020 Dubai seeks to spread messages calling for cooperation and cooperation, to create a better future for all and future generations, and to bring the world under one umbrella in a historic event dominated by a spirit of optimism and positivity, under the slogan: 'Connecting minds and making the future'. Values ​​of openness, diversity, happiness and tolerance with 192 participating countries. All of this is in line with the UAE National Agenda and the eight principles of the Dubai Government.

“Through its long history and remarkable development, the UAE has demonstrated to the world what we can accomplish. At Expo 2020 Dubai, we are striving to play our part in inspiring future generations to unleash the creativity and innovation that will shape human progress over the past five decades. Upcoming ».

Small businesses

Al Ali stressed that the exhibition pays special attention to SMEs, believing that they have a major role in achieving growth and providing job opportunities in the UAE, pointing out that the value of direct and indirect contracts awarded by Expo 2020 Dubai to SMEs amounted to AED 3.62 billion as of August the past. He renewed the call to all SMEs, to take advantage of contracts and tenders for supply and business.

Opportunities, mobility and sustainability

Al-Ali added: “Through the issue of opportunities, we are stimulating the process of economic development and enabling individuals to meet their current needs and future aspirations.The opportunity is a promise to build a better tomorrow and an opportunity to showcase creative ideas that will bring positive change in the world. "Mobility is about enhancing people 's interdependence, stimulating the exchange and development of creative ideas, and ensuring easy access to markets, knowledge and innovation.

He pointed out that the issue of sustainability is related to the dissemination of knowledge of lifestyles, within the limits of the natural environment, to ensure protection and preservation for future generations, while seeking to raise awareness among the public, and motivate them to change their habits and lifestyles.

Minds continue

“With the main slogan 'Connecting Minds and Making the Future,' we are inviting people from all over the world to join us in witnessing this huge event and enjoying the splendor of the program of events and doing business,” said Al Ali.

He said that the Expo 2020 Dubai team has launched a number of community initiatives that seek to raise awareness of the giant event and its benefits to the host country, most notably the reception of Expo 2020 Dubai more than 3000 citizens and residents in tours to look at the site.

Al Wasl Opera

He continued: «We are preparing (Al Wasl Opera), the first UAE opera with lyrics and music for Emirati talent, will be performed by a global team in both Arabic and English, and will be premiere in October 2020 (Dubai Opera).

He added that the School Expo program has already received more than 58,000 applications from 700 schools in the UAE and has involved more than 7,700 teachers from public and private schools to discuss how to engage their students in the International Expo. The volunteer program also allows 30,000 volunteers from a diverse social fabric of UAE residents to be the front of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Al Wasl Dome .. Durrat Taj Expo 2020 Dubai

Najib Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai, said that the world will recognize the huge architectural achievement, the giant Al Wasl Dome, which represents the most prominent features of Expo 2020 Dubai, the crown of the event, as well as the interior and exterior design and the rich content of the pavilions. Some countries have announced new technologies. Germany's pavilion will offer innovations including superconductors, while the Czech pavilion will offer a technology that will produce 500 liters of water per day using solar energy.

He continued: «We hope to provide a global platform, which ensures more cooperation between people, to launch new technologies contribute to a better future».

80% of Expo 2020 Dubai facilities will remain in place

Najib Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai, said that more than 80% of the Expo 2020 Dubai facilities will remain in place after the curtain is closed, to be part of the future city «District 2020», which will include residential areas spanning 65,000 square meters, as well as 135,000 square meters of commercial space, in a location that embraces a variety of the finest educational, cultural, recreational and innovative facilities.

“Two of our first official partners, Siemens and Accenture, have demonstrated their commitment to having a permanent headquarters within District 2020. Siemens will establish its global logistics hub for airports, cargo and ports, while Accenture will open a digital hub.

He revealed that Atlas Capital will establish a 15,000-square-meter blockchain headquarters, supporting efforts to create a leading blockchain technology environment and other future technology. It will also help attract a group of companies looking to adopt advanced blockchain technology by providing them with space for collaboration and access to global expertise.

He pointed out that the «sustainability wing» will become a center for science and children after «Expo». Many other key facilities, such as Al Wasl Square, the Mobility Booth and the Dubai Exhibition Center, will become permanent parts of District 2020.