BIE carries out Technical Visit to Dubai

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, is carrying out a Technical Visit in Dubai to review progress made for World Expo 2020.

The two-day visit, which is taking place on 14-15 November, includes a meeting with Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and Chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline. Separate meetings are being held with those responsible for Expo 2020 Dubai’s site operations, international participation, infrastructure projects, culture, and communications activities.

BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales meets with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and Chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline

The visit is an opportunity for the Secretary General to inspect the site of the Expo in Dubai South, where construction is now underway on the Expo Village. Early works are set to be completed by the end of this year, with construction of the Thematic Districts due to begin in 2017. In keeping with one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s three sub-themes – Sustainability – 90% of the materials used for permanent construction on the Expo site will be reused or repurposed after the event.

After visiting the site, Mr. Loscertales congratulated organisers on the advanced stage of preparations, with less than four years to go until the Expo opens. “While construction is in its early phase, we can already see the Expo site taking shape. In the build-up to the Expo, it is equally important that Expo 2020 Dubai pursues its efforts to capture the imagination of individuals and continue to engage governments, organisations and companies around the world”, commented the BIE Secretary General.

In May, Expo 2020 Dubai held its first International Planning Meeting, gathering 132 countries and organisations interested in the Expo, and the participant list has since grown. After Switzerland, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy – the host of Expo 2015 Milan – and Indonesia have officially confirmed their participation in the next World Expo. Organisers of Expo 2020 expect at least 180 international participants – a number that includes countries and international organisations.

Expo 2020 Dubai is being organised under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and will be open between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021.

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy addressing the 159thGeneral Assembly of the BIE

Expo 2020 Dubai presents Progress Report to the 159th General Assembly

At the 159th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), held in Paris on 15 June 2016, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy reported the progress made by the United Arab Emirates in the organisation of Expo 2020 Dubai. Several aspects of the Expo were emphasised, including the development of the Expo site, the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and partnership and engagement programs.

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy addressing the 159thGeneral Assembly of the BIE

H.E Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State of the UAE for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, informed delegates about the progress that has been made on the Expo site since November 2015, when Expo 2020 Dubai was formally registered at the last General Assembly of the BIE. Some 4.3 million m3 of sand has already been moved to prepare for construction, and the entire Expo 2020 team has moved into new on-site offices, bringing it closer to the action.

Besides the practical elements of planning an Expo, H.E. Reem Al Hashimy drew on the Expo’s theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, stating that the UAE’s aim is to bring people together. She added that “success comes from people and from nations, creating inspirational experiences, and forging transformative relationships.” The sub-themes of the Expo – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – enrich the theme and offer the widest scope to each participant.

Expo 2020 Dubai presents its Progress Report in front of the BIE presidency at the 159th General Assembly

Preparations for the Expo at this stage also include initiatives to engage local communities and youth, with the latter forming “a distinct and strategically important audience”. Organisers have created the annual Youth Connect festival to inspire and give confidence to the next generation by means of various experiences. It is a program designed by youth for youth, and the feedback will be used to create content and communication programs that are seen as key success factors for the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Engagement with business is also under way - the Expo 2020 Dubai Procurement Portal provides updated information to companies, giving them opportunities to participate at the Expo. As a result, around 4,500 companies (mostly SMEs) from 76 different nations have already registered to participate in Expo 2020.

Additionally, Expo 2020 organisers have recently announced three ‘Premier Partnerships’ with global firms - Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, and DP World. The partnership with telecoms group Etisalat will allow the Expo to offer high-tech digital experiences as well as Wi-Fi access to 300,000 people per day, “creating the fastest, smartest site on Earth.” The partnerships with Emirates Airlines and port operator DP World will play a key role in attracting visitors, of which 70% are expected to travel to the Expo by international transport. Each of these three Premier Partners will have their own pavilion at the Expo, and each will help create a global platform to promote the UAE and Expo 2020.

BIE visits Expo 2020 Dubai

The BIE has carried out its first visit to the UAE since Expo 2020 Dubai was formally registered in November 2015. The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, visited the Expo site office as part of a two-day BIE Technical Meeting held on 12-13 April 2016.

Since BIE registration in November 2015, the Expo 2020 Dubai team has been able to start preparatory work on the 438-hectare Expo site in Dubai South. The Secretary General stated that he was looking forward to seeing the development of the Expo site, adding that he was “impressed with the rapid progress that has already been made” since its registration.

Dubai 2020

The two-day Technical Meeting allowed the BIE and the host country to review the status of participation, regulations, and details of the preparation process including the Expo 2020 Master Plan, thematic guidelines and self-build guidelines for participants. Discussions also included a review of the Expo’s local engagement plans, notably regarding youth and business.

BIE members elected the UAE as Expo 2020 host in November 2013, and officially registered Dubai as the host city at the organisation’s 158th General Assembly in November 2015. The Expo will take place between 20 October 2020 and 21 April 2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Dubai hosts first IPM ahead of Expo 2020

The first International Planning Meeting (IPM) opened today in Dubai ahead of the next World Expo that is being held there in 2020. The two-day meeting, held on 23-24 May 2016, is being attended by representatives from 132 countries and organisations, demonstrating the high level of interest in the Expo four and a half years before its opening.

International Planning Meeting, Expo 2020 Dubai

This meeting, which is the first of several IPMs to be organised annually in the years leading up to the opening of the World Expo, allows the host country to present its plans and discuss the progress of the Expo’s organisation. It gathers representatives from Expo 2020 Dubai, members of the Government of the UAE, officials from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and international stakeholders who are interested in taking part in the Expo.

For the first time since Expo 2020 Dubai was officially registered in November 2015, interested participants have a common platform to exchange with organisers on the Expo’s themes and masterplan, raising any questions they may have. Expo 2020 Dubai is also presenting the Expo Live programme, which over the next four years will seek out and connect the innovators of tomorrow. The programme will support the development of solutions to major challenges facing humanity, with the results to be presented at the Expo.

Reem Al Hashimy, the Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation

The opening speakers included Reem Al Hashimy, the Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Vicente G. Loscertales, the Secretary General of the BIE. Mr. Loscertales declared that as construction begins at the Expo site, “this IPM is the first step in the development of a community of countries engaged around the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, laying the foundations for a successful and insightful World Expo in 2020.”

Expo 2020 Dubai will take place between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021, with visit numbers expected to reach 25 million. In April 2016, Switzerland was the first country to confirm its participation in the Expo.

Expo 2020 Dubai unveils new logo

A ring found at a 4,000-year-old archaeological site in the desert in the Al Marmum area of Dubai, is the inspiration behind the new Expo 2020 Dubai logo.

The winning design was revealed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, at a grand event held at the Dubai Fountain, as the logo was displayed on the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.
“The design of the logo is inspired by a civilisation that existed 4,000 years ago in an area extending from Baynounah in Abu Dhabi to Saroug Al Hadeed in Dubai and from Maliha Valley in Sharjah to the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah,” explained Sheikh Mohammed.
“This land connected ancient civilisations and we will continue to be a hub that connects the world.”
A competition to create the official logo for Expo 2020 was originally launched last year, attracting 19,000 participants.

Entrants were expected to create a design that reflects the main theme of the event: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. All entries were reviewed by a panel of design experts, while the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee created a shortlist of finalists.

During the event, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured the three finalists of the competition to design the logo: Mohammad Suhail Bin Ali from Tunisia, Mouza Al Mansouri from the UAE and Valerii IInitski from Moldova.