Expo 2020, participating nations "share experiences and ideas" at IPM
Expo stakeholders to discuss updates on site operations, facilities management, events & programmes, among others
The fifth International Participants Meeting (IPM) of Expo 2020 Dubai was organised virtually for the first time in light of COVID-19, and teams from the World Expo along with its190-plus participating countries share updates, experiences, and ideas.
Expo 2020 Dubai and participating countries show strong progress and commitment to achieve shared goals, while preparing for the global event, which will run from 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022.
Everyone including organisers, members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and BIE representatives, participants, commercial partners, and government officials from around the world, are convening virtually from 24 to 27 August for the IPM.
The IPM will see these stakeholders discuss updates on site operations, facilities management, Expo 2020’s events and programming calendar, and content related to marketing, communications, and media services.
This year the work was focused around landscaping the side and fitting out the Expo-owned buildings. At the end of 2019, Expo-led construction was completed. Meanwhile, preparations for the country pavilions also continue at pace.
Agile and responsive
Speaking at the IPM HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: “The agility and responsiveness of Dubai and the UAE has been instrumental in the swift re-opening of the country’s tourism sector. Coupled with its infrastructure and facilities, including airlines and hotels, Dubai has emerged quickly from what has been a challenging period for the whole world.
“Dubai has a deep-rooted history of bringing people together to encourage positive change. The Expo 2020 theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ that has guided our preparations reflects this and is now more relevant than ever.
“We are delighted to join with our participants at the IPM to share updates, experiences and ideas as we continue to move forward together on our journey to Expo 2020.”
Meanwhile, HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “I am delighted and inspired by the resolve of the Expo community to push forward in the delivery of this important event. I am proud of the passion and diligence of my fellow Commissioners General, and I am excited by the potential of our collective efforts to learn, to grow, and to fulfil the mandate of our nations, and of the World Expo itself.
“While much has changed in the recent months, we are united in our ambitions, and empowered by the breadth and depth of our responsibilities. We will welcome the world, we will tell our stories to the world and together we will help build a better world.
HE Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body of World Expos, said: “Over the coming days, organisers and participants will exchange closely to ensure that Expo 2020 is an exceptional event, reminding us of the unlimited opportunities that are made possible when we come together as one.”
Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It will coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the UAE, and highlight the country’s role as a global connecting hub for people, ideas, and innovation.