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Dubai prepares for Expo 2020


Committee formed to ensure Dubai is ready to present the event.

January 8, 2014 12:47 by

During a widely televised event in November, Dubai won the right to host the World Expo 2020, beating competitors, such as Turkey’s Izmir, Brazil’s Sao Paolo and Russia’s Yekaterinburg. Pride and celebrations swept the predominantly expat city, while banners and flags covered the emirate and fireworks lit the sky.

This week, in one of the first practical steps to prepare for the event, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree to set up a committee that will oversee the preparations for the Expo 2020.

His Highness’s decree, issued on Tuesday, states that the committee would operate under the supervision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

According to state news agency WAM, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Department of Civil Aviation, and chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, has been named chairman of the committee.

It also named His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, director-general of the Ruler’s Court, as vice-chairman.

The committee will also include: Reem Al Hashimy, minister of state; Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, chief commander of the Dubai Police; Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality; Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Road and Transport Authority; Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation; and, Helal Saeed Al Marri, director-general of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The committee will set the required strategic plans to organise and prepare for hosting Expo 2020, and will also evaluate the suitability and efficiency of Dubai’s infrastructure, including touristic, medical and transport facilities,” the decree reads, adding that it will also determine the emirate’s technical, security and economic requirements to present the international event.

Countries, such as Canada, world leaders, such as prime minister of the UK David Cameron, and celebrities, such as actresses Lindsay Lohan and Pamela Anderson, have publicly backed Dubai in its pursuit to host the World Expo 2020, an event that is said to eventually create nearly 300,000 jobs, boost tourism and have a substantial impact on economic growth.

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