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Dubai Expo 2020: Sheikh Mohammed “Ready to welcome the world”


Delegates from 173 countries and 24 international agencies came together in Dubai on Tuesday for their final meeting ahead of Expo 2020’s highly anticipated launch in October.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, convened Expo’s sixth International Participants Meeting (IPM), the final gathering of nations, multilateral organisations, academic institutions, and corporations before Expo 2020 Dubai opens in October.

Sheikh Mohammed said: “Dubai today welcomed delegates representing 173 countries and 24 international organisations at the final International Participants Meeting before Expo 2020 Dubai opens in October. The world is recovering, and we are ready to welcome 190 countries to the World’s Greatest Event.”

“We are grateful for the vision and confidence of our leadership, whose science-driven, fact-based health and safety measures have prioritised the safety and well-being of all UAE citizens, residents and visitors. Thanks to this, and your confidence in us, we are able to gather together again, to connect minds and create the future,” he added.

“This could not have happened without the unwavering support and enthusiasm of every one of our 200-plus participants who have been by our side every step of the way. As we approach the climax of our journey to deliver an Expo that inspires, enlightens and astonishes, our message is clear: We are ready to welcome the world.” During the meeting, from May 4 to 5, delegates will receive the latest updates on critical topics relating to the six-month global gathering – one of the first mega-events to take place globally since the start of the pandemic.

“For tens of millions of people, here in the UAE, in the Middle East and globally, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the occasion for the world to come together, to truly engage with questions of universal importance and to develop innovative solutions to our global problems. In Dubai, by connecting minds, we will create a better future.” The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, coinciding with the 50-year 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 planet.

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