Dubai updates top Expo official on 2020 progress

World Expos secretary general Vicente Loscertales makes first visit to emirate since awarding prestigious event
Dubai updates top Expo official on 2020 progress
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 19 Dec 2014 02:08 AM

Dubai officials have met with Vicente Loscertales, the head of the World Expos governing body to update him on progress in organising the 2020 event.

The Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee officially received the Secretary General from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) during his first visit to the emirate since it was awarded the 2020 event, a statement said.

The purpose of the visit is to build on the ongoing partnership with the BIE and to provide them with an update on the Expo 2020 Dubai progress, it added.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee chairman, and other members of the Higher Committee, welcomed the BIE Secretary General in Dubai.

The Higher Committee presented an update on developments of all critical work streams related to the mega-event, which are required as part of the mandatory Registration Phase.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “We are pleased to continue our strong collaborative relationship with the BIE and welcome their affirmation, support and unique insight in ensuring that Expo 2020 Dubai meets all requirements for the Registration Phase and becomes a truly exceptional World Expo.

"This visit further supports our commitment to ensure Expo 2020 Dubai is a global platform for partnerships aimed at charting a sustainable course for humanity on our common journey to 2020 and beyond."

Loscertales added: “As the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, African and South Asian region, Expo 2020 is on course to become a truly meaningful event."

In August, Expo 2020 officials said the master planning for Dubai Expo 2020’s host venue - Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali - a 438-hectare site that includes the dedicated Dubai Expo 2020 area and a residential, hospitality and logistics zone was progressing well.

The work is being undertaken with Dubai Expo 2020 by a consortium made up of HOK and Arup, which continue their association with the project from the successful bid phase.

The contract tenure for the master planners will run until the completion of all requirements for the mandatory Registration Phase, due to be approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo, by November 2015.

At its peak, the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali is designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors, with average week-day attendance expected at 153,000.

Running October 2020 through April 2021, the Expo will launch the country’s Golden Jubilee celebration and serve as a springboard from which to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades.

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