By Andy Sambidge
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed issues decree to add high profile businessman to Expo 2020 Committee
Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar has been added to the committee tasked with overseeing preparations for the Expo 2020 event to be held in Dubai.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a decree to make Alabbar a member of the Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee.
In January, Sheikh Mohammed set up the committee which comes under the supervision of Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The move was the first step of Dubai's practical preparations to host the world's largest and most prestigious exhibition which it won the right to host in November
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Department of Civil Aviation and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, was named as chairman of the committee.
It also named Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, director general of the Ruler's Court as vice chairman.
The committee also includes Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, chief commander of Dubai Police, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of Road and Transport Authority, Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, and Helal Saeed Al Marri, director general of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.
Last month, a decree also added Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan and Khalid Ghanim Al Ghaith to the Expo 2020 Preparatory Committee.
Expo 2020 is expected to have significant and positive direct and indirect economic impact on the UAE and the region.
Initial research and studies indicate that hosting Expo 2020 will generate approximately 277,000 new job opportunities between 2013 and 2020.
At the 154th Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in November, Dubai defeated rival bids from Turkey’s Izmir, Brazil’s Sao Paolo and Russia’s Yekaterinburg following three rounds of voting.
Dubai's bid had been publicly backed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, London Mayor Boris Johnson, former US president Bill Clinton, Canada, France and a number of international superstars.