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Expo 2020 Preparation and Legacy Plans shared with BIE Executive Committee

Yesterday, Expo 2020 Dubai shared its preliminary plans, priorities and governance with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the organisation of World and International Expos, as part of Dubai’s ongoing registration as the 2020 World Expo host city. This was the second of many updates required for the official registration of the first Expo to be staged in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA).

His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACCP) and Member of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, shared an update on the newly created Expo 2020 Bureau. The Bureau - established by decree 30/2014 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai - has the mandate to oversee the preparation and delivery of the Expo through coordinating and planning with national and international stakeholders, formalizing key programming, and setting up critical governance structures.

His Excellency also presented an overview of the Expo 2020 Dubai site’s positioning and legacy, highlighting its strategic placement within Dubai and the UAE, especially in context of Dubai World Central - the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE's Minister of State, Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, remarked: “We are pleased to continue to work closely with the BIE and to share with them our plans for the delivery of this momentous event. We are confident these plans will allow us to successfully achieve our vision and goals to produce a meaningful Expo for our country, region and global community.”

His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin commented, “delivering a successful and effective World Expo 2020 is a complex operation including creating meaningful content, building a highly functional location, and involving our global community. The Expo 2020 site is strategically located within Dubai World Central which is the future economic driver of the Emirate of Dubai. It is growing in a strong and sustainable manner in terms of trade, logistics and residential interest.”

BIE Secretary General, Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, who was joined at the meeting by BIE Executive Committee members, added that “planning an Expo that celebrates a community as well as educates the world on issues that will have significant influence on the future of our global cultures and economies, is an enormous undertaking. It is the mission of the BIE to provide continual support for host cities to ensure that the Expo experience is truly unique and strengthens the community.”

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