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Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi‭, ‬Minister of State for International Cooperation‭, ‬Director General of Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai‭, ‬Hilal Saeed Al Marri‭, ‬Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai‭, ‬Director General of the Dubai World Trade Center Authority and a member of the Supreme Committee of Expo 2020‭, ‬confirmed that next International Expo will take several months‭. ‬It will become a new chapter in the process of success in Dubai‭, ‬and a global experience that will highlight the emirate’s confidence‭, ‬safety and openness to all visitors‭, ‬and strengthen the leisure and business tourism sectors‭, ‬which are already booming‭.‬

Within the context of the conversation after the meeting of international participants‭, ‬which was held over the course of two days‭, ‬and welcomed representatives of the 173‭ ‬countries participating in Expo 2020‭, ‬which will host more than 190‭ ‬countries‭, ‬both‭ ‬HE Excellency Reem Al Hashemi and Hilal Saeed Al Marri praised Dubai’s confidence and vision‭, ‬as well as its firm commitment to‭ ‬host the next International Expo‭, ‬in light of the close cooperation between Expo 2020‭ ‬and the Department of Tourism and Commerce‭ ‬Marketing to present an international event that will dazzle and inspire its visitors from around the world‭, ‬pointing to the success of the meeting‭, ‬which was personally attended by more than 370‭ ‬delegates‭, ‬in preparation for the opening of Expo 2020‭ ‬next‭ ‬October‭. ‬

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi said‭: ‬“Since the planning stages‭, ‬we have worked hand in hand with the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing to achieve an‭ ‬Expo that attracts visitors from all over the world and is proud of Dubai and the entire UAE‭. ‬In light of the changing features‭ ‬of the world‭, ‬we have also adapted‭, ‬thanks to our cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing‭, ‬we have achieved an international expo that will spread happiness and inspiration among explorers‭, ‬entrepreneurs‭, ‬children‭, ‬adults‭, ‬transit tourists‭, ‬and curious fans who want to test the future‭ – ‬now‭ “.‬

Hilal Al Marri said‭: ‬“‭ ‬Since the beginning‭, ‬Dubai embodied what success means‭, ‬despite the difficulties‭, ‬as it rose with pride and determination to become an economic drive and a vital center for travelers from all over the world‭. ‬Setting new standards is rooted in us‭, ‬and to that end‭, ‬we see Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai as a turning point for the world given what we are all in today‭.‬

No one would have expected how the‭ “‬Covid 19‭” ‬pandemic would permanently change our reality‭. ‬However‭, ‬Dubai and Expo 2020‭, ‬like‭ ‬the rest of the world‭, ‬paused a little to think and contemplate‭. ‬With the high spirits and optimism we had brought upon it to overcome the unprecedented challenges with perseverance‭, ‬we are now stronger than we were‭.‬

Economic openness

With a phased re-opening‭, ‬Dubai re-welcomed tourists in July 2020‭, ‬as the emirate organized its first events in which people are‭ ‬allowed to attend in person‭, ‬after the lockdown period‭, ‬and has since been open to the world‭, ‬reinforcing its role as a travel‭ ‬hub for both work and leisure‭.‬

Al-Marri added‭: ‬“Dubai has succeeded in spreading its economic openness over stages‭, ‬giving priority to safety in light of reducing the consequences of the current pandemic‭, ‬an approach that makes us ready to lead recovery in the post-pandemic phase‭. ‬As a thriving tourism‭ ‬destination and global hub for meetings‭, ‬incentives‭, ‬conferences and exhibitions‭’ ‬sector‭, ‬we look forward to welcoming more international business and leisure travelers to Dubai over the coming months‭.‬”

Prominent symbol

As part of Dubai’s future-oriented strategies‭, ‬Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai will stimulate the region’s thriving tourism and events sectors‭, ‬while the Dubai Exhibition Center‭, ‬a sophisticated‭, ‬multi-purpose center spanning an area of‭ ‬​​45,000‭ ‬square meters and already 80%‭ ‬booked over the course of the international event‭, ‬will play a pivotal role in attracting local and international travelers and businessmen‭.‬

The center will be a prominent symbol of Expo’s long-term legacy in terms of business and tourism‭, ‬and it is one of the permanent constructions that will remain after the conclusion of Expo 2020‭ ‬activities‭, ‬to be part of‭ “‬District 2020‭”, ‬the new urban innovation system and the global future community‭.‬

2,500‭ ‬authorized ticket distributors attract international visits to Expo 2020‭ ‬

Expo 2020‭ ‬organizers announced at the Arab Travel Market‭ (‬Forum 2021‭) ‬that more than 2,500‭ ‬online travel agents‭, ‬tour operators‭,‬‭ ‬hotel groups and airlines have signed contracts to become certified ticket distributors for Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai‭.‬

Authorized ticket distributors spread across major markets‭, ‬across more than 100‭ ‬countries‭, ‬offer value-added travel packages for international visitors to experience the best of Expo 2020‭, ‬based on a wide range of budgets and preferences‭, ‬supporting Expo‭’‬s mission to welcome visitors from all over the world to participate in making new world‭. ‬Somathi Ramanathan‭, ‬Vice President of‭ ‬Market Strategy and Sales‭, ‬at Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai‭, ‬said‭: ‬Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai is less than five months apart from the world’s rallying of‭ ‬the global celebration of human creativity‭, ‬a celebration that promises visitors of all ages‭, ‬nationalities and interests an exceptional experience‭, ‬and a strong international network of certified ticket distributors‭. ‬It is an integral part of achieving this‭.‬

And she continued‭: ‬We are pleased that we have managed to significantly increase the number of accredited ticket distributors signed with Expo‭, ‬to more than double the number before the start of the current pandemic‭. ‬Expo 2020‭ ‬is ready to welcome the world‭, ‬and thanks to the support of our tourism‭, ‬hospitality and travel partners‭, ‬our international visitors will find full support to join us‭, ‬to be part of this most diverse World Expo in history‭, ‬while together we build a better future for all‭.‬

Active distributor networks in target markets depend on how potential visitors in those countries book tickets at various stages‭ ‬of their trip planning process‭, ‬and will be useful in facilitating travel to the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East‭, ‬Africa and South Asia region‭.‬

This announcement at the Arab Travel Market comes on the heels of the successful personal gathering of high-level delegates from‭ ‬173‭ ‬countries‭, ‬out of more than 190‭ ‬countries participating in the Expo‭, ‬at the sixth and final meeting of international participants‭. ‬This meeting was the first event at the Dubai Exhibition Center at Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai‭.‬

Earlier this year‭, ‬Expo 2020‭ ‬also welcomed more than 100,000‭ ‬visitors to experience an early preview of Terra‭, ‬the sustainability pavilion‭, ‬allowing them to get a glimpse of what Expo 2020‭ ‬has to offer when it opens its doors to the world on October 1st‭.‬

Measures

The Expo Pavilion allowed attendees to experience a large-scale program of precautionary measures taken by Expo 2020‭ ‬to ensure the safety of all visitors‭, ‬participants and employees‭, ‬which was implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Community Protection in the UAE and the Dubai Health Authority‭, ‬and in line with the latest information and guidance of the World Health Organization‭.‬

Steps of this program included mandating advance reservation of tickets to control capacity‭, ‬visitor flow‭; ‬Earth signs and signs‭ ‬placed to encourage social distancing‭; ‬and the presence of designated employees to monitor and regulate the process of social distancing in all places‭.‬

Nahyan bin Mubarak hosts bilateral meetings at the Dubai Exhibition Center

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan‭, ‬Cabinet Member‭, ‬Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence‭, ‬and Commissioner General of Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai‭, ‬hosted a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the meeting of international participants in Expo 2020‭, ‬stressing the role of the huge international event as a unique platform for international cooperation‭.‬

In a welcoming speech to the delegates of the international participants‭ ‬’meeting‭, ‬His Excellency said‭:‬“‭ ‬Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai is about all of us coming together to build a better world for future generations‭, ‬to play our role in reshaping and redesigning our future‭, ‬and bringing together people from different backgrounds and different corners of the earth to live‭ ‬unique common experiences that will help them get to know each other‭, ‬have conversations and live together in peace and prosperity‭.‬

‭”‬I thank you all for your dedication to shaping a positive future‭, ‬and for your commitment to the cause of the advancement of humanity‭. ‬Our journeys through Expo 2020‭ ‬Dubai will be enriched and deepened by your ideas and your commitment to improving the quality of life for our entire planet‭.”‬

In meetings with Her Excellency Nadia Fattah Alaoui‭, ‬Minister of Tourism‭, ‬Handicraft‭, ‬Air Transport and Social Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco‭; ‬His Excellency Mr‭. ‬Charles Fernandez‭, ‬Minister of Tourism and Economic Development of Antigua and Barbuda‭; ‬His‭ ‬Excellency Gilbert Boustany‭, ‬Commissioner General of Antigua and Barbuda at Expo 2020‭, ‬Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan discussed the long-term legacy of Expo 2020‭ ‬at the local‭, ‬regional and international levels‭, ‬and its alignment with the broader strategic vision of the United Arab Emirates‭. ‬The two countries‭, ‬in turn‭, ‬expressed their increasing enthusiasm and appreciation of‭ ‬the advanced preparations for the Expo‭, ‬at the level of its location‭, ‬and even at the level of the UAE as a whole‭. ‬The talks‭, ‬which included a briefing session with His Excellency Dimitri Kirkensz‭, ‬Secretary General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions‭, ‬took place on the sidelines of the International Participants‭’ ‬Meeting‭, ‬which was held on 4-5‭ ‬May at the Dubai Exhibition Center‭, ‬Expo 2020‭.‬

The meeting of international participants brought together more than 370‭ ‬delegates from 173‭ ‬countries to discuss final preparations for what will be the first event of this size to be held in the world since the beginning of the current global pandemic‭. ‬During the visit‭, ‬the delegates were informed of the latest developments in operations and security‭, ‬in addition to the intensified measures taken to confront COVID-19‭, ‬which are being taken to guarantee the safety of Expo workers‭, ‬its participants‭, ‬and its‭ ‬visitors‭.

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