Dubai Expo: Inside Expo site as 1-year countdown to epic event begins
Published on October 1, 2020 at 01.01
In exactly 365 days, the UAE will dazzle the world with Expo 2020 Dubai that begins on October 1, 2021. New photos released on Wednesday show the advanced state of readiness at the expo site near Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.
In May this year, the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) had officially approved the one-year postponement of the global event.
Participating countries had requested the postponement in order to overcome the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Member states unanimously agreed to Dubai's request to retain the name ‘Expo 2020 Dubai’.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said that in the coming weeks, the team will begin to share new details and ideas about space, health and wellness, travel and connectivity and other subjects “that sit at the heart of this Expo”.
“Our leadership has spared no effort, guided us, and provided all resources to ensure that our World Expo will be a true expression of the UAE’s values."
“Our World Expo has a mission to inspire hope. We hope that people will join us to achieve our objectives to bring the world together and put humanity and the planet on the right path towards dignity for all.
“As we mark a year to go until we open, I want to thank all those who work so hard and so passionately to deliver an exceptional Expo. The journey has been worth it, and in 365 days we will share our excitement and our passion with millions.”
More than 210 million work hours have been completed to date. Work in 2020 has focused on landscaping and fit-out of Expo-owned buildings, with the construction of country pavilions to be finalised by the end of the year.
The first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region runs from October 1, 2021, till March 31, 2022. It will bring together more than 190 countries to explore new ideas, form new connections and collectively tackle some of the greatest global challenges.