His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Marks One Year Anniversary of Winning Right to Host World Expo in DubaiAs the UAE prepares to mark the one year anniversary of the country winning the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee Chairman, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, has officially led the UAE delegation to the General Assembly of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo.
His Highness marked the occasion by paying tribute to all those that contributed to the UAE’s selection and pledged that Expo 2020 Dubai would be an event for all, and serve as a decisive catalyst for positive change and collaboration for the region and the world.
“During the successful bid process, many were instrumental in the unprecedented level of support and enthusiasm that played such an influential role in the United Arab Emirates winning the rights to host Expo 2020 Dubai. Together, we have all made history and have earned the opportunity to lay defining foundations for a collective and collaborative future that will touch the world uniquely and positively – one that I am confident your continued support will enable us to deliver,” said His Highness.
“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the Expo 2020 Dubai theme and its subthemes, Opportunity Mobility and Sustainability, will drive the content and provide the prism through which we can explore, connect and address local, regional and global challenges.”
Addressing the BIE’s 168 member states in Paris, His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Ruler’s Court, and Vice-Chairman of Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, formally presented the UAE’s vision and update on developments for hosting the event, including highlighting core deliverables required for the mandatory Registration Phase, a legally binding process for the ratification of Expo 2020 Dubai, expected to be completed in November 2015.
“Over the last 12 months, we have worked to lay a solid foundation to deliver all the necessary requirements for the Registration Phase as well as to put in place mechanisms to allow for the world-class delivery of this event, and its subsequent legacy taking us well beyond 2020,” said His Excellency Al Shaibani.
The last year has seen a number of key initiatives undertaken. In January 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai issued Decree No (49) of 2013 on the formation of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee under the supervision of Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Higher Committee saw a continuity of its members from the successful Bid Phase with further appointments to see a much more country wide focus of entities needed to deliver an exceptional event.
In June 2014, His Highness also issued decree 30/2014 establishing the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau to oversee the preparation and delivery of Expo 2020. Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE Minister of State, was appointed as Director General for the Bureau as well as Managing Director of the Higher Committee.
The last 12 months have seen a robust validation process of the Expo 2020 Dubai Registration Dossier, a mandatory requirement set forth by the BIE, and the development of the necessary implementation strategies. This is being achieved through the building of strong capabilities within the team and through augmented skills and expertise with strong consulting and delivery partners across various functions like master planning, construction programme delivery, sustainability, commercial planning, marketing communications and commercial sponsorship.
The Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau has also been working closely with partners and stakeholders around theme workshops for engagement with industry experts to develop advisory panels for its subthemes, Mobility, Opportunity and Sustainability.
Additionally, the Bureau is developing key outreach programmes targeted at enabling more structured opportunities for entities across the government, semi-government, private sector and entrepreneurial communities to contribute to, participate in, and benefit from the scale and scope of activities around the Expo and legacy.
“What is important, over the next six years, is that we create an environment that will stimulate demand generated across diverse sectors, directly and indirectly, and that we link this demand to the delivery, operation and service needs of the Expo. This demand will be a catalyst for growth for businesses across the wider region – from raw materials and manufacturing, to products and services providers. Similarly, we expect to actively seek to engage with the private sector and solicit their participation when we launch our procurement process – for companies of various scales from start-ups, to SMEs to multinationals,” said His Excellency Al Shaibani.
“Furthermore, the development of the necessary assets to accommodate the number of visitors is also well underway, with a robust global tourism and outreach programme being supplemented by growth in hotel and attraction infrastructure as well as the economic and social initiatives needed to maximise its impact.”
During the General Assembly, His Excellency Al Shaibani also presented key milestones for 2015 centred around the work-streams currently underway, an outward reaching engagement programme and the upcoming BIE deliverables, all of which will significantly increase momentum throughout the year, both domestically and internationally around Expo Milan 2015, which runs May through to the end of October.
Kicking off activations in the UAE, Expo 2020 Dubai will begin a number of public initiatives across the emirates as it looks to engage and galvanise residents with interactive and educational content on World Expos in general, Expo 2020 Dubai in particular, and most significantly, to help build a greater sense of its relevance to all facets of society.
In addition, a number of initiatives to support the development and progression of the theme, subthemes, and community engagement, as well as legacy strategies, goals, activities and plans will be implemented over the course of 2015. Youth involvement will also be a priority focus in 2015 with efforts to engage volunteers for Expo Milan 2015 expected to begin in Q1 of next year.
Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau will also launch its commercial and partnership programme in 2015 – a global outreach effort which will seek to attract corporates, investors and entrepreneurs. The tendering processes across a number of work streams will also commence next year, including the appointment for construction works at the Expo Dubai 2020 site in Jebel Ali.
Moving into the second half of 2015, Expo 2020 Dubai’s focus very much moves to its participation in Expo Milan 2015, which is being held under the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase within the UAE pavilion, providing it with a dynamic platform to build awareness and solidify relationships with future participants, partners and potential visitors.
After the conclusion of Expo Milan 2015 in October, the Higher Committee will await the approval of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Registration Dosser in November 2015 by the BIE General Assembly.
“In merely one year, Expo 2020 Dubai has set a fast and productive pace. The 2015 strategy will focus on completing the BIE Registration, harnessing the convening power of the World Expo and of the UAE to inspire global creativity and stimulate new partnerships and dialogue,” added His Excellency Al Shaibani.