Following a difficult year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubai is set to host the highly anticipated Expo 2020 in October 2021 which will run until March 2022. The event is set to attract over 25 million visitors.
Expo 2020 is considered to be a universal exhibition that will attract a number of businesses and a number of potential foreign investors. The event, to be held in the United Arab Emirates, is the first of its kind in any of the Arab countries. Dubai is set to welcome millions of visitors that are also going to boom the traveling industry as well.
There was a final meeting conducted between the delegates who came from different parts of the world to hold the final International Participants Meeting (IPM) at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC). A total of 190-plus participants were welcomed in this meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the readiness of the organisers and Dubai, including operations, security, city readiness, marketing, communications, and programming.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, commented: “Today, the world has come to Expo 2020 Dubai, travelling from every corner of the planet to join us here, to share our excitement and to see first-hand our advanced state of readiness. We are grateful for the vision and confidence of our leadership, whose science-drive, fact-based health and safety measures have prioritised the safety and well-being of all UAE citizens, residents and visitors.”
In addition to that, the Expo 2020 director, General Reem Al Hashimy, also praised the organisers and claimed that this would not have been possible if it had not been for their efforts.
He said: “Since the planning stages, we have worked hand-in-hand with the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) to deliver an Expo that will attract visitors from across the planet and make Dubai and the UAE proud.” He further added: “As the world changed, we too have adapted, and thanks to our collaboration with DTCM, we have created an Expo that will delight and inspire explorers and entrepreneurs, children and grandparents, casual tourists and the curious who want to experience the future – now.”
Dubai has established itself as an international hub where foreign investment is welcome. To boost the economy even further, the city caters to international people as a lavish holiday resort as well. This strategic placement has helped Dubai’s economy tremendously and has galvanised the thriving tourism and events industries in the Middle East.
Helal Saeed Al Marri, director-general of DTMC, said: “Since inception, Dubai has exemplified what it means to succeed against all odds, rising with dignity and determination to become an economic engine and a vibrant hub for travellers from all over the world.
“Setting new benchmarks is engrained in our ethos, and to this end, we see Expo 2020 Dubai as a global pivot given where we all are today.
“No one could have anticipated how COVID-19 would alter our realities so definitively, and yet, like the rest of the world, Dubai and Expo 2020 paused, reflected and persevered through unprecedented challenges, with our innate indomitable spirit, to re-emerge stronger and more optimistic for our collective future.”
This is a huge step towards recovering the economy and restoring a sense of normality following a terrible year due to the pandemic which affected businesses, personal lives, and more.