The first establishment card for participating countries in Expo 2020 Dubai has been issued to Aldwin Dekkers, deputy commissioner general for Belgium.
The card was issued at a ceremony involving Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of Bureau Expo Dubai 2020, and Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA).
Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and the largest event of its kind in the Arab World.
About 192 countries have confirmed their participation in the upcoming event, in addition to multinational companies and organisations and educational institutions.
Al Hashimy praised the efforts of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai for facilitating the participation of various countries in Expo 2020.
She stressed the importance of the role of government entities in supporting the national project and its contribution to preparations for the global event.
Al Marri said that GDRFA Dubai is working to facilitate the entry and the exit procedures of Expo 2020 Dubai participants with smart systems, adding that participants can obtain various types of visas.
He said GDRFA Dubai is gearing up to process 45,000 transactions per day.
Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million visitors to Dubai during the period between October 2020 and April 2021, with more than 70 percent of visitors coming from outside the UAE.
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