Countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai are united in their commitment to hosting a World Expo that builds bridges, inspires action, and delivers real-life solutions to global challenges – that is the message from delegates attending the sixth International Participations Meeting (IPM), which ended on Wednesday.
Convening for the final IPM before the 1 October opening of Expo 2020 – one of the first mega-events to take place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – they expressed unwavering support and enthusiasm for the six-month global gathering, which they see as an essential launchpad towards building a better world for everyone.
More than 370 delegates traveled worldwide to attend the IPM in person, held 4-5 May at Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo 2020 Dubai, to see first-hand Expo 2020’s advanced state of readiness. They represented 173 of Expo’s 190-plus participating countries, with many other participants attending virtually.
Dr. Ahmed Maghawry Diab, Head of Egyptian Commercial Service – Ministry of Trade and Industry and Commissioner General for Egypt at Expo 2020 Dubai, said:
“We are eagerly awaiting the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai in October, particularly after we took the hard decision to postpone for one year due to the COVID pandemic – a delay that was necessary to review the precautionary measures to ensure the safety of workers and visitors. The inspiring Egypt Pavilion will take visitors on a breathtaking experience, where they will discover the incredible opportunities that Egypt has to offer based on the legacy of the Egyptian Civilisation.”
The most diverse World Expo ever, Expo 2020, will welcome more than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organizations, academic institutions, and businesses. For the first time in the 170-year history of World Expos, each participating country will have its pavilion. This dedicated space can showcase its culture and progress to the world, creating partnerships and exploring solutions relevant to its circumstances and people. Some nations, including South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, are participating in a World Expo for the first time.
The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA), and the most significant event to be held in the Arab world, Expo 2020 is a point of pride for the whole region and an opportunity to showcase Arab culture on an international stage.
During the two-day IPM, attendees were briefed on the latest in operations, security, city readiness, marketing, and communications, and programming, while organizers also presented the stringent measures being taken to ensure the health and well-being of Expo’s workforce, participants and visitors, in line with the UAE’s wider efforts to combat COVID-19.
Expo 2020 Dubai will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. It is inviting visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world as they discover life-changing innovations that will have a meaningful, positive impact on both people and the planet.
About Expo 2020 Dubai
From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.
- With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalyzing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges
- Expo 2020 will provide a visually striking, intellectually enlightening, and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
- Expo 2020’s sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
- Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science, and health experts
- Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sqm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South
- Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – a model global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors