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UAE banks on culture for Expo2020 success

Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was briefed yesterday on the components of the plan of the Higher Committee for Hosting World Expo 2020.

Also present were Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group and Chairman of the committee.

Shaikh Mohammad was briefed on the plan by Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State and Managing Director of the committee. The plan aims to enhance the cultural scene of the UAE in cooperation with the relevant bodies and individuals in the sector, as well as encouraging economic growth through cooperation between the public and private sector, in light of the fact that World Expo 2020 will be able to provide around 277,000 jobs in both sectors during the duration of the event.

The plan also focuses on training more than 30,000 Emirati youths, qualifying them to welcome the delegations that will be arriving for the event, exchanging various cultural ideas with them and providing assistance to them as they tour the UAE’s landmarks. They will also brief the delegations on the achievements of the nation and its citizens.

The final aspect of the plan revolves around national and governmental coordination to ensure the compatibility of goals between all national bodies. This includes setting up a joint project that will be introduced at the World Expo 2020, which will revolve around Dubai Green Economy Vision and Smart City initiative.

Shaikh Mohammad urged the committee and work teams to form a team of Emirati youths and train them to reflect the civilised image and diligence of the UAE and its citizens.

“I urge you to work hard to convey a message of love, peace and coexistence to all peoples around the world,” said Shaikh Mohammad.

He emphasised the importance of consolidating the essence of national and voluntary work among youths, because they are able to harness their capabilities and utilise their cultural and intellectual abilities to serve the nation, thus promising future generations.