Committee set up to oversee Dubai's Expo plans

Move is first step in preparations for huge 2020 event

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Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a decree to set up a committee to oversee preparations for the Expo 2020 event.

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister's decree said the committee would come under the supervision of Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The move is 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, has been named as chairman of the committee, the decree, cited by news agency WAM, added.

It also named Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, director general of the Ruler's Court as vice chairman.

The committee will also include 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.

"The committee will set the required strategic plans to organise and prepare for hosting Expo 2020 and will also evaluate the suitability and efficiency of Dubai's infrastructure, including touristic, medical and transport facilities," the decree said.

It added that the committee will also determine the Emirate's "technical, security and economic requirements to present the international event in the best ways possible".

The committee will submit its reports periodically to Sheikh Mohammed to brief him on progress, WAM said.

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.

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