Women make up 60% of Expo 2020 Dubai's Emirati staff

Details revealed of some of Expo 2020 Dubai's high-profile UAE national leaders on Emirati Women's Day

HE Reem Al Hashimy.
HE Reem Al Hashimy.

Emirati women account for 60% of the UAE National workforce at Expo 2020 Dubai, with the UAE's Minister of State for International Cooperation, HE Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, holding "the most important executive position" as director-general of the Expo 2020 office, it was revealed on Emirati Women's Day, which is observed each year on 28 August.

Fellow Emirati women Hayat Shamsaldin, Maha Al Gergawi, and Aliaa Al Ali are respectively vice president of art and culture affairs, international participants affairs, and schools programme at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Another Emirati woman working at Expo 2020 Dubai is Aisha Al Marzouki, a graduate of Zayed University specialising in environment and sustainability sciences, who works for the next World Expo's sustainability department.

Speaking to UAE news agency, Wam, Al Marzouki said sustainability was a key priority at Expo 2020 Dubai, particularly in terms of construction standards.

She reportedly said: "We are engaging the community through collaborating with schools, government and private institutions, and community members so that the concept of sustainability is disseminated more widely as we aim to use Expo 2020 as a global engine for sustainability."

* Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect the Emirati workforce breakdown after direct comment from Expo 2020 Dubai.

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