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UAE to cement new global status in 2020, says Sheikh Mohammed

Dubai ruler announces plan to hold the next edition of the World Government Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai

UAE to cement new global status in 2020, says Sheikh Mohammed

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai on Saturday launched plans to hold the next edition of the World Government Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The World Government Summit - Expo 2020 will be the biggest gathering yet since its inception with an expected attendance of over 10,000 high-profile officials, 30 international organisations and 600 experts and scholars.

The four-day summit on November 22-25, 2020, is expected to draw over 100,000 participants and aims to cement the event’s status as a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide, state news agency WAM reported.

"Dubai will witness a different milestone in 2020 as a major station in the agenda of over 190 countries," Sheikh Mohammed said. "We will host an exceptional expo and summit, and invite the world to discuss the future.

"World Government Summit will represent the intellectual hub of Expo 2020 Dubai. Our aim is to organise a full-scale global event," he said.

He added: "Combining the World Government Summit and Expo 2020 Dubai establishes a pioneering edition of the World Expos that will connect the past, present, and future of nations.

"2020 will be the year of unifying efforts towards cementing the UAE’s new global status."

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, said that holding the summit at Expo 2020 Dubai site will provide an integrated platform that brings together world leaders, governments and entrepreneurs from all over the world to explore future opportunities and trends.

"Both megaevents held in one place will present an ideal platform to exchange ideas and best practices across different sectors, developing strategies that shape a future of knowledge and sustainable development."

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, added: "Expo 2020 Dubai cements Dubai’s fundamental role in shaping the future through advancing international cooperation in supporting the development and creating sustainable solutions for future challenges.

"Dubai represents a global hub for connecting minds and exchanging ideas and knowledge, eventually becoming a major destination for megaevents."

Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to host millions of visitors from over 190 participating countries.

In its seventh edition this year, the World Government Summit received over 4,000 global figures, government officials and specialists from 140 countries, in addition to leaders of over 30 international organisations.

It also hosted over 600 world-renowned experts who took part in over 200 sessions that sparked dialogue on issues facing future government.