Thousands of volunteers will have access to exclusive events and opportunities at Expo 2020 Dubai, with the opening of a permanent hub designed to inspire and engage them.
Located on the Expo 2020 site, the House of Volunteers was on Monday inaugurated by Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.
More than 30,000 volunteers will be the face of Expo 2020, helping to welcome the world to this inspiring destination.
Nearly 8,000 people have expressed interest in volunteering with Expo, and many are already taking advantage of opportunities to participate in special events, activities and brainstorming sessions on the road to 2020.
Al Hashimy said: “The world is coming to the UAE in 2020, and volunteers will play an integral role in delivering an exceptional visitor experience for millions of people. They will be the face of this momentous global celebration, so we wanted to create an exclusive hub for them.
“By engaging people from all segments of society, the Expo 2020 Volunteers team is capitalising on the diversity of the UAE – a country that is home to more than 200 nationalities. With the House of Volunteers, our rapidly growing family now has a physical space in which to bring to life Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
“The UAE’s leadership has instilled in us the importance of ‘giving back’. It is in our nature and especially pertinent during the Year of Zayed. Volunteering at our region’s first ever World Expo will, therefore, be an enriching experience, regardless of age or background. The Expo 2020 Volunteers programme is offering thousands of people the chance to challenge themselves while contributing to this nationally-significant event.”
The Expo 2020 Volunteers programme is open to all UAE nationals and expat residents – including students, professionals, retirees, homemakers and people of determination.
It offers roles across more than 30 categories, ranging from guest services and hospitality to international participants and sponsors.
The House of Volunteers will be used to provide ongoing training and development to registrants in the lead-up to 2020 and during the six months of the event.
Since the launch of the programme in October 2017, volunteers have supported more than 80 events in preparation for the next World Expo, gaining valuable real-world experience in the lead-up to 2020.
With 25 million visits expected and more than 200 participants including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions, Expo 2020 will be one of the most inclusive World Expos in history.
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