Expo 2020 Dubai organisers hail airlines and hotels for swift recovery
Talks have recommenced on preparing for the World’s Greatest Show
Expo 2020 Dubai organisers will convene virtually starting today (August 24) until August 27 to discuss preparations for the historic event, with everyone involved optimistic about the emirate’s recovery amid the pandemic.
Initially the international event was slated to start this year but was pushed back due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Following a series of talks and a vote, the Expo was moved to October 1 2021 until 31 March 2022, keeping its Expo 2020 Dubai name.
Months after the postponement announcement, officials have hailed recovery efforts in Dubai, particularly its hotel and aviation sector.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: “The agility and responsiveness of Dubai and the UAE has been instrumental in the swift re-opening of the country’s tourism sector. Coupled with its infrastructure and facilities, including airlines and hotels, Dubai has emerged quickly from what has been a challenging period for the whole world.”
Organisers, members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and BIE representatives will meet throughout the week to discuss updates on site operations, facilities management, events and programming calendars, marketing agenda, communications and media services.
Those taking part in the discussions include His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee; His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai; Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau; and His Excellency Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
Despite the curveballs thrown at the 190-plus country event, those involved remain certain that the original message of the Expo 2020 Dubai will shine through. His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “While much has changed in the recent months, we are united in our ambitions, and empowered by the breadth and depth of our responsibilities. We will welcome the world, we will tell our stories to the world and together we will help build a better world.”
His Excellency Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body of World Expos, concluded: “Dubai and the UAE along with all participating countries have continued to make remarkable progress towards delivering the next World Expo despite the impact and challenges of a global pandemic. Over the coming days, organisers and participants will exchange closely to ensure that Expo 2020 is an exceptional event, reminding us of the unlimited opportunities that are made possible when we come together as one.”