Consistent progress and commitment to common goals on the part of Expo 2020 and its participants

Expo 2020 Dubai, and more than 190 participating countries, are committed to working hand in hand to achieve common goals, and to progress steadily with regard to preparations for the international event, which will start its activities on October 1, 2021.

The organizers, members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Supreme Committee and representatives of the International Exhibition Bureau, as well as participants, trade partners and government officials from around the world, are meeting remotely from 24 to 27 August, as part of the fifth edition of the International Participants' Meeting at Expo 2020, to discuss the latest developments Site operations, facility management, Expo 2020 events and programs, as well as content related to marketing, communication and media services.

The meeting activities will witness speeches by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of the Higher Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai, and His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, Her Excellency Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Office, and His Excellency Dimitri Kirkintzis, Secretary General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions.

Expo 2020's flexibility in responding to the world's health crisis has allowed the upcoming World Expo to continue its progress without delay. After completing the permanent construction of Expo by the end of 2019, work during the current year focused on landscaping the site and equipping buildings owned by Expo 2020 Dubai. The preparations for the pavilions of the various countries are continuing at an accelerated pace, which confirms the strong commitment that the participants keep showing towards this international event.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Dubai and the United Arab Emirates quickly passed a difficult period full of challenges that covered the entire world. Thanks to the restoration of the tourism sector and the resumption of receiving tourists due to flexibility. The speed of response, in addition to the infrastructure and integrated facilities, including aviation and hotels, and Dubai’s proven track record in bringing people together and mobilizing efforts to stimulate positive changes. Today, the Expo 2020 Dubai motto 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', which guided our preparations ", Embodies these facts more than ever before. The World Expo and its participants will shed light on international cooperation and its importance in contributing to the process of global development and progress."

His Highness added, "The mission of Expo 2020 meets with the commitment of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates to create a bright future and work with countries and societies around the world. We are pleased to meet with our participants in the meeting of international participants to discuss the latest developments, experiences and ideas, as we move forward together in our journey towards Expo 2020.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “I am pleased and inspired by the determination of the Expo community to go ahead with this important mega event. I am proud of the passion and diligence of my fellow General Commissioners, as I am excited when Our collective efforts carry the potential to learn, grow, and fulfill the mandate of our nations and the World Expo itself.

"While a lot has changed in recent months, we are united in our ambitions, and supported by the breadth and depth of our responsibilities. We will welcome the world, we will tell our stories, and together we will collaborate to build a better world."

Dmitry Kirkensz, Secretary-General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, said: “Dubai and the UAE continue to make remarkable progress towards holding the next World Expo, despite the consequences and challenges of the global pandemic. Over the coming days, the organizers and participants will closely exchange understanding to ensure that the Expo 2020 An extraordinary event that reminds us of the limitless opportunities that can be realized when we come together. "

Each country will be able to contribute to the Expo 2020 program, which is dynamic, diverse and constantly changing. The international event is developing its own specialized programs, which will highlight a set of the most pressing global challenges, including climate change, health and fitness, inequality and environmental degradation.

The events of the theme weeks and global days that Expo 2020 will hold will urge its partners, participants and visitors to explore the most prominent global issues and commit to collective action to confront them, which will support Expo's existing efforts to bring the world together to facilitate work towards achieving the sustainable development goals.

Expo 2020, the first international Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, will be held over a period of six months from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. The mega international event will coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates, and highlight the country's role as A global hub for connecting people, ideas and innovations.

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