Preparations for the world's greatest show are on track, Expo 2020's City Readiness Committee says after latest meeting

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum chairs City Readiness Committee meet

Preparations for the world's greatest show are on track, Expo 2020's City Readiness Committee says after latest meeting
  • High-level committee briefed on the city readiness plans of various agencies
  • DHA and Dubai Ambulance present detailed plans to ensure safe, healthy Expo

DUBAI, 24 September, 2019 – His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group, has chaired the fourth City Readiness Committee for hosting Expo 2020 Dubai, which heard the latest updates on preparations to host the world’s greatest show in less than 400 days.

The meeting was attended by committee members: Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai; His Excellency Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police; His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM); His Excellency Dawood Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality; His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation.

The City Readiness Committee is overseeing the coordination of dozens of local and federal entities, ensuring that Dubai and the UAE are ready to welcome millions of visitors to the next World Expo from 20 October 2020.

Several agencies presented updates on their readiness plans, including significant updates on major RTA projects, including new roads and the Dubai Metro extension.

The committee also heard from Dubai Civil Defense and discussed the preparedness of Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, including event time emergency plans.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “All relevant stakeholders briefed us in detail about their readiness plans to welcome the world in October 2020, and to host an exceptional World Expo. The implementation of these plans are in advanced stages and we have already seen this tangible progress at the Expo 2020 site.”

Colonel Expert Ali Hassan Almutawa, Assistant Director for Fire and Rescue, Dubai Civil Defense (DCD), presented to the committee the new Expo 2020 Civil Defence Centre. He said: “The Expo 2020 Civil Defence Centre is a world-class centre, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and operational capabilities for various emergencies. It uses the best artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to ensure the security and safety of all visitors, participants, workers and Expo 2020 facilities.

“All facilities on the Expo 2020 site are connected to the DCD emergency room at the centre, to minimise the wait time for response and ensure the best safety and prevention practices at Expo 2020 Dubai. These measures aim to ensure all facilities and events before, during and after Expo 2020 are safe and ready, further promoting the global position of the UAE and Dubai.”

Dr Younes Kazim, CEO of Dubai Healthcare Corporation, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), also presented to the committee, highlighting the services DHA is already deploying at Expo 2020, including a state-of-the-art emergency aid centre, and detailing future plans, as well as cooperation efforts with other government entities and private healthcare providers to ensure a safe and healthy environment. 

Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (Dubai Ambulance), represented by Khalifa Aldari, Executive Director, and Mishal Julfar, Acting Director of Ambulance Operations, reaffirmed its commitment to providing Expo 2020 with world-class emergency services. Dubai Ambulance has signed 30 agreements with more than 30 private hospitals, as well as agreements with Abu Dhabi Police and National Ambulance, as part of its preparations.

Dubai Ambulance told the committee it intends to buy 200 automated external defibrillator (AED) devices, which will be placed in key locations across the Expo 2020 site, and would provide training for its staff. Fourteen emergency points would be monitored by qualified health workers to ensure a timely response in case of a health emergency.

Dubai Ambulance is also recruiting and training volunteer emergency medical responders and presented to the committee the specially-developed mobile app, As’efni, that is being used to support this.

Next month will mark One Year To Go until Expo 2020 welcomes the world to the UAE for the world’s greatest show of human brilliance and achievement. With more than 200 international participants, including 192 countries, Expo 2020 expects to record 25 million visits during its six months, from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.


About Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together millions of people for the World’s Greatest Show, celebrating human brilliance and achievement under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

  • The six months from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 will be a moment in time to be part of an unparalleled event. We are extending a warm Emirati welcome to the world:
    • 25 million visits are expected, with many visitors expected to come more than once
    • 70 per cent of visitors anticipated to come from outside the UAE, the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos
  • An entertaining global celebration with something for everyone, Expo 2020 will wow visitors with 60 daily events across 173 days, showcasing the best of music, technology, creativity and culture, while 200 F&B outlets will feature famous chefs and cuisine from every corner of the world
  • Expo 2020 will be an endless journey of discovery. Visitors will have access to the latest innovations and breakthroughs, with more than 200 participants – including 192 nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions – coming together to highlight real-life solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges
  • Expo 2020’s sub-themes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to make a conscious effort to think and live differently, and give them renewed optimism that, through collaboration, it is possible to make a lasting change to the world
  • The first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) will be located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South

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About World Expos

In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.

World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.

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