Marjan Faraidooni, senior vice president, legacy development, Dubai Expo 2020, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the upcoming event in the United Arab Emirates. With just three years to go, we discover more about plans for the Expo site after the event.
The legacy of Expo 2020 is set to come under the spotlight on Arabian Travel Market’s Global Stage, returning for the 2017 show at Dubai World Trade Centre. Expo 2020, set to run between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international audience of 25 million visitors.
Inspired by the positive regional potential of Expo 2020 and despite low oil revenues, increased numbers of travel professionals from across the Middle East, participated in this year’s World Travel Market in London. This helped the leading international travel trade to record a joint-record attendance of 51,500 and the highest number of exhibitor invitees and buyers in the 37-year history of the event.
Switzerland became the first country to formally signal its desire to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai, at a diplomatic ceremony in Dubai. The event marks a major advance for Expo 2020, which has plans to host over 180 countries, along with 25 million visitors, at the six-month event which runs from October 2020 to April 2021.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee Chairman, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, has officially led the UAE delegation to the General Assembly of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee Chairman, has met a delegation led by the Mayor of Milan, Mr Giuliano Pisapia, to discuss strengthening UAE-Italian bilateral relations.
Hosting the EXPO 2020 trade fair will bring more than 17 million international visitors to Dubai reveals exclusive research released by the WTM Vision Conference - Dubai. The research, carried out by Euromonitor International, states that some 70 per cent of the 25 million predicted visitors will be from outside the United Arab Emirates.
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Expo Preparatory Committee member, has presented a progress update on the Dubai Expo 2020 organisation, governance framework and site development, including key milestones and timelines for delivery of the iconic event. The update came at an Executive Committee session of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo, in France.
Experts say Dubai’s hosting of the World Expo 2020 will contribute as much as $40 billion to its economy, driven largely by an expected influx of 25 million tourists, as well as new investments related to the city’s build-up for the event. The Dubai World Expo 2020 would be the first to be held in the MENASA region and would also coincide with the UAE’s golden jubilee.
Breaking Travel News captures the excitement of Dubai winning their bid to host the World Expo 2020. At a special event on one of the manmade islands of The World, located off the coastline of Dubai, Phil Blizzard reports on the build up to the announcement and the jubilation once the results were revealed. He also talks to guests about the impact of World Expo 2020 to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, and the region beyond.
The United Arab Emirate of Dubai has been voted host of Expo 2020 at a ceremony in Paris, beating competition from Turkey’s Izmir, Ekaterinburg in Russia and Brazil’s Sao Paulo. The 160-year-old event traces its routes to the Great Exhibition, held in London in 1851, and will offer a chance for the global community to strengthen its connections, celebrate its cultural diversity and marvel at its technological wonders.
Industry leaders and global experts in the fields of Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity, the Dubai Expo 2020 subthemes, facilitated discussions with representatives from the 167 member nations of the Bureau international des Expositions (BIE) on the final day of the Dubai Expo 2020 Theme Symposium, entitled Connecting Minds, Creating the Future: Partnerships for Global Innovation and Sustainable Development.