UAE well-positioned to host Expo 2020 in Dubai: KBS TV

UAE well-positioned to host Expo 2020 in Dubai: KBS TV

The UAE is well-positioned to host a very special World Expo 2020 in Dubai, the first ever in the Arab world, says Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 in an interview with KBS TV, South Korea’s state-run television network.

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Published: Mon 25 Jun 2012, 11:06 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:41 PM

Appearing in a television special dubbed as We’re here at 2012 Yeosu Expo that went on air on Sunday afternoon (11:10am UAE time) over KBS main channel 9 nationwide, Al Hashimi said: “We are very confident of our ability to host this major event. I just hope that we have the opportunity to do so and that we can welcome you to a very special Expo in Dubai in 2020.”

The programme was taped on June 14 when Al Hashimi was in South Korea to attend the UAE Day celebrations held at the Yeosu Expo UAE pavilion with a 100-plus UAE delegation. The programme was hooked up with KBS TV international service as well.

While praising the unlimited support given by the UAE government to enable a strong participation at Expo 2012 Yeosu, together with a series of previous Expos over more than forty years even before the state was established, Al Hashimi made clear that the UAE endorses and embraces the Bureau International des Expositions’ (BIE) own vision for Expos that foster education through experience, development through innovation and experimentation through cooperation.

Al Hashimi said: “We truly believe in the power of Expos to create a better world. The UAE has a deep insight into the benefits of shared experiences, knowledge and skills. We have over two hundred nationalities living with us and we have no doubt that this has been one of the driving forces for our progress. Multicultural exchange has been a founding principle of the Emirates since long before the country was formed in 1971.”

“And just as we celebrate the mix of cultural diversity and innovation that has been our strength, so we understand how Expos can play a similar role, enabling different nations to contribute their respective knowledge in the battle to face the major challenges for humanity,” she went on to say when asked by reporters what motivated Dubai to become a candidate city to host Expo 2020.

Touching on competitive edge of Dubai over other candidate cities, noted that over sixty million visitors are travelling through the UAE’s six international airports each year, with transport, social and economic infrastructures that are second to none.

“We are promoting Dubai as a host city for Expo 2020 under the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. I will do my best to achieve such a goal while in Korea,” Al Hashimi said, pointing out that Dubai is the Arab world’s first global city of the 21st century.

The UAE is a strong, vibrant and modern nation open to the world. One-third of the world’s population lives within a four-hour flight of the UAE and two-thirds within an eight-hour flight, the top campaigner of Dubai 2020 Expo added. —

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