20-minute presentation before BIE on Nov 27 will be last opportunity.
Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed chairing the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee meeting . — Supplied photo
The Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee meeting, chaired by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, on Thursday reviewed preparations for the final 20-minute presentation that will take place during the 154th Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE) General Assembly in Paris on November 27.
This is the last opportunity for candidate cities to make their case to the 168 voting nations of the BIE.
Members of the Higher Committee stressed the importance of continuing the hard work right through the final vote. The bid for World Expo 2020 is highly contested and the competition is fierce. They acknowledged the outpouring of support that Dubai’s bid has received from every segment of the community in the UAE, and from around the globe which continues to differentiate Dubai Expo 2020 bid.
Following presentations from all candidate cities, the 168 member nations of the BIE will make their final decision as to who should host the World Expo 2020 in a closed room. Rounds of voting will take place and the candidate with the least amount of votes will be eliminated after each round.
The process to reach a final decision on the host nation is expected to take approximately three hours. With just 14 days left for the final vote, the Higher Committee thanked the people of the UAE for the overwhelming and unprecedented support that left a lasting impression on the BIE delegates during the recently held Theme Symposium.
It is hoped the success of the Theme Symposium, which took place on October 22-24 and saw more than 250 BIE delegates and country representatives travel to the UAE, has secured further support for the Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid and the unique opportunities that it would offer.
In attendance were Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Dubai Ruler’s Court, who serves as Deputy Chairman of the committee; Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State and the committee’s Managing Director; Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority; Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality; Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre; and Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.