For our bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the UAE has selected the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a single human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance.

A World Expo in Dubai in 2020 would be the first to be held in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region. As the global community faces ever more complex, and increasingly interconnected challenges, the links between people, societies and ideas have never been more important. Dubai Expo 2020 will be a platform for connectivity to help pioneer new partnerships for growth and sustainability for the future.

The site for World Expo 2020 Dubai will be Dubai Trade Center – Jebel Ali: a 438 hectare site on the southwestern edge of Dubai.

Equidistant from the centres of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the site is located next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport and also located in close proximity to Jebel Ali Port, the third busiest port in the world.

Last year alone, more than 51 million passengers travelled through Dubai International Airport, where 150 airlines serve 220 destinations on six continents. Led by the success of Emirates Airline, the world’s fastest-growing airline, Dubai Airport is now poised to be the world’s busiest international airport by 2015.

The logistical advantages of the site both for exhibitors – bringing in materials and constructing pavilions – and visitors, are clear.

Securing an architectural legacy from Expo 2020, after the event the Dubai Trade Center – Jebel Ali will be a lasting and working monument to the power of connectivity: a place for people to come together and make a difference.

Bid Committee Reporting to the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Higher Committee on Hosting the World Expo 2020 is working on the bid under the chairmanship of Dubai Civil Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court of Dubai, who serves as Deputy Chairman; Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and the Committee's Managing Director; His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority; His Excellency Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality; His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Director General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing; and Major General Khamis Mutar Al Muzainah, Deputy Commander General of Dubai Police.

United Arab Emirates

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Official account of Dubai Expo 2020 bid




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