Dubai to 'invite the world to discuss future' during Expo 2020: Sheikh Mohammed
Dubai - The World Government Summit brings a new value to Expo 2020 Dubai's objectives in fostering international cooperation.
The World Expo 2020 site in Dubai will host the next World Government Summit (WGS) on November 22-25 next year. This means that the eighth edition of the annual event will be held a month after the six-month world expo would have started in October. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has promised that both events would be "exceptional".
The four-day summit - which aims to shape the future of governments worldwide - would be the biggest gathering yet, and is expected to draw over 100,000 participants through its diverse futuristic programmes and pavilions. Over 10,000 high-profile officials, 30 international organisations and 600 experts and scholars will be part of the event. Last year, the event hosted over 4,000 global figures, including Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan; Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum; and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed said: "Dubai will witness a different milestone in 2020 as a major station in the agenda of over 190 countries. We will host an exceptional expo and summit, and invite the world to discuss the future."
He said the WGS would represent the "intellectual hub" of Expo 2020 Dubai. "Our aim is to organise a full-scale global event. Combining the WGS and Expo 2020 Dubai establishes a pioneering edition of the World Expos that will connect the past, present and future of nations.
"2020 will be the year of unifying efforts towards cementing the UAE's new global status."
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, said Dubai has become "an attractive global destination for governments, companies and innovators with exceptional ideas".
"The WGS brings a new value to Expo 2020 Dubai's objectives in fostering international cooperation and providing knowledge exchange platforms. The expo reflects the summit's vision to boost governments' efforts in finding innovative solutions for challenges to shape a better future for people across the globe," said Sheikh Ahmed, who is also the President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline.
He noted that holding the summit at the expo site would provide an "integrated platform" that brings together world leaders, governments and entrepreneurs from all over the world to explore future opportunities and trends.
"Both megaevents held in one place will present an ideal platform to exchange ideas and best practices across different sectors, developing strategies that shape a future of knowledge and sustainable development."