Expo 2020 Dubai has launched its search for more than 30,000 volunteers who will be the "face" of the largest global gathering ever to be staged in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
Organisers said the volunteers will play a crucial role in Expo, building on the UAE’s global tradition of hospitality by welcoming up to 25 million visits during the six-month event.
Of these, 70 percent are expected to come from outside the UAE, an unprecedented proportion in the 166-year history of World Expos.
The registration portal to join the Expo 2020 Dubai Volunteers Programme – volunteers.ae/expo2020 – will launch on October 20 and will be run in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development and Emirates Foundation.
During Expo, there will be more than 45 volunteering roles, from welcoming guests and guiding them around the Expo districts to managing events, with more than 16 million volunteering hours across 173 days.
Volunteers will gain unrivalled hands-on experience, exposure and work-ready skills as they help to put on one of the world’s largest events.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: “Expo 2020 is a global event for everyone to learn, innovate, create, and have fun by sharing ideas and working together and we are proud to include opportunities for more than 30,000 volunteers from any age, nationality or background, reflecting the diversity of our Expo and our nation.
“We have created strategic roles to ensure volunteers get the best out of their experience, including skills that they can go on to use in the workplace or in their daily lives. They will be ‘face’ of the event since most of our visitors will have an initial contact to Expo through meeting a volunteer.
“We look forward to welcoming anyone who wants to connect with fellow volunteers from around the world and gain an experience of a lifetime.”
More than than 200 international participants including countries, companies, NGOs and educational institutions are set to participate, making Expo 2020 one of the most inclusive in the history of World Expos.
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