The Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, led by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, has announced that it is on scheduled to deliver the “world’s greatest show”.
Sheikh Ahmed, also chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman Dubai Airports and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, convened the meeting to hear the latest updates in preparing to host the Expo next year.
The high level taskforce, entrusted with steering progress on the largest event ever held in the Arab World, reaffirmed its commitment to hosting an exceptional Expo, adding that developments are on track.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “It was a very productive meeting, at a time when all our efforts are concentrated toward fulfilling the pledge made to deliver an exceptional World Expo. It deserves to be the world’s greatest show, and we are on track to deliver the event on time. We are sparing no effort in pursuit of this goal, and with it, we will honour the whole country, the people of the UAE, and our wise leadership.”
During the meeting, the National Media Council presented progress of construction of the UAE Pavilion, while officials from Expo 2020 updated the committee on the status of the three Thematic Pavilions – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Dubai Exhibition Centre and the Expo Village, and shared developments related to international participants and ticket prices.
Last week, it was announced that the final piece of the Al Wasl dome has been lifted into place, representing a significant milestone in the construction of the centrepiece of the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Enclosing a space of 724,000 cubic metres and standing 67.5 metres tall – higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa – the 130-metre-wide domed steel trellis encircles Al Wasl Plaza, a structure that will be the heart of the Expo 2020 site.
The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 25 million visits between October 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021.
The six-month celebration will welcome more than 200 international participants, including 192 nations.