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UAE wows Expo mission

Dhanusha Gokulan / 1 March 2013

The strong public backing for Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid and the country’s solid infrastructure has made a great impression on the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Enquiry Mission, which concluded its visit on Thursday.

Steen Christensen, Chairman of the nine-member team, sent out positive vibes, while Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline waxed confidence about the country’s ability to host the major event.

‘‘The country’s infrastructure and the level of national support for the bid have particularly impressed us. The UAE has put forward a strong case to hold Expo 2020 in Dubai — the vision of the project is clear and lined to the traditions and values of World Expos,” said Christensen.

An upbeat Shaikh Ahmed said: “We can win this bid. We have received tremendous support and the efforts will pay off. A diplomatic mission from UAE has been travelling to the Member States campaigning for Dubai for the last year and a half.”

A successful bid is expected to generate 277,000 jobs between 2013 and 2021, according to Shaikh Ahmed, who quoted an economic impact study by Oxford Economics.

“Importantly, for every Expo employee, approximately 50 additional jobs will be sustained across the Middle East and North African economy and the total economic output across the Dubai economy would amount to 28.8 billion Euros,” he said. “If our country’s bid is successful, a World Expo in Dubai will attract new opportunities across the region and around the world, establishing new partnerships and creating a lasting experience for everyone who visits and participates.”

The end of the BIE Enquiry Mission marks the start of the next phase in the UAE’s bid to host the Expo 2020. There are now just nine months to go until the BIE General Assembly in November, when the crucial vote will take place to decide the winning host city.

As a result of the visit, the Enquiry Mission will prepare a report detailing their recommendation to all BIE member states as to whether Dubai and the UAE would be a feasible host for the World Expo 2020. The report will be presented at the next BIE General Assembly in Paris in June 2013.

Though they remained tight-lipped on the final outcome of the bidding process, the delegates who arrived in the country five days ago, said that they have gained a very positive impression of the country. “I cannot give the evaluation of my visit. That depends on the voting process by the 163 member states of the BIE.

“However, on a personal note, the visit left a very positive impression of the country and the people. It was a very good and joyful experience,” said Christensen.

Secretary-General of BIE, Vincente Loscertales said: “The World Expo is unlike any International sporting event. It is an invitation to dialogue over a span of six months and in this case, the cultural identity, political aspirations and commercial aspects of the country must be projected.”

Shaikh Ahmed thanked the delegation for their time and focus during the visit.

Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of Dubai Ruler’s Court and Deputy Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, and Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Director-General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing were also present at the Press conference at the Burj Al Arab.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

 

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