Reem Al Hashimy discusses Expo 2020 progress with Khalaf Al Habtoor.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee, called on Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Founding Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group at the Al Habtoor Group head office.

The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.’ Al Hashimy briefed Al Habtoor on the progress made in the preparations for the Dubai Expo 2020 and discussed plans for the land that will be used for the World Expo following the event. The Expo site, which covers 438 hectares, is located within the Dubai South District, near the Al Maktoum International Airport. The minister said it was important for the government to ensure that the development is sustainable after the six-month-long exhibition, which will revolve around trade and innovation.

Al Hashimy is meeting prominent people in the UAE to discuss plans for the site post-event. The government has invested billions of dirhams ahead of the 2020 World Expo, which is expected to draw in between 25 to 30 million visitors between October 2020 and April 2021, according to official statistics.

Expressing his confidence in Dubai’s ability to host the event successfully, Al Habtoor said, “Many sectors of our economy will benefit from hosting the Dubai Expo. It will also showcase our ability as a country to host an event of this scale. It is a bonus for our robust and stably growing economy.”

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs