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Dubai says 'on track' with plans for Expo 2020 mega event

Senior official says initial infrastructure construction on site for Expo 2020 will start later this year

Dubai says 'on track' with plans for Expo 2020 mega event

Dubai is "on track" with its plans to deliver Expo 2020 with work on the event's main site well underway, a senior official has said.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, made the comments as he welcomed members of the governing body, the Bureau of International Expositions to the emirate.

Sheikh Ahmed said: "We are on track to deliver an exceptional Expo that will truly connect people around the world, where they can come and experience ideas and innovations that will define the next fifty years. We are delighted to share the progress we are making with representatives from the BIE."

The BIE's technical visit was part of a regular programme of meetings to update the BIE on developments as the UAE prepares to host the mega event.

This was the first such visit since Dubai was formally registered as host city. The BIE delegation was able to see the site, where work has been underway since last September.

More than 3,900,000 cubic metres of earth have been moved and reused to level the site, in preparation for initial infrastructure construction later this year, a statement said.

Vicente Loscertales, secretary general of the BIE, praised the progress being made by the organisers of Expo 2020, adding: "The breadth of vision and scale of ambition Dubai displayed was crucial to winning the right to host this event. It's wonderful to have been able to stand on the ground, with the organisers, and see things taking shape."

As part of the visit, Expo officials briefed BIE representatives on the masterplan, theme pavilion designs, local engagement, and international outreach plans.

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, and director general of Expo 2020 Dubai, added: "This is the first BIE technical visit since Dubai formally became host city for Expo 2020, and it marks another milestone on our Expo journey. Our progress is accelerating. Next month we will be hosting delegates from the many nations that we hope will participate in Expo 2020, and we will begin building infrastructure later this year."

Last month Expo 2020 launched its new logo.

Between October 2020 and April 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to welcome more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitor.

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