Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday inspected infrastructure works at the Expo 2020 site and promised the emirate would hold the best Expo in its 168-year history.
The visit of Sheikh Mohammed, also the UAE Prime Minister and Vice President, alongside Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan, marked the 450-day countdown to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai.
On Twitter, he said: “We are ready and remain true to our promise of presenting the best Expo edition in its 168-year-old history.”
.@HHShkMohd: 450 days to @Expo2020Dubai. Pavilions representing 190 countries will be on full display when the event lands in the MEASA region for the 1st time. We are ready and remain true to our promise of presenting the best Expo edition in its 168-year-old history. pic.twitter.com/jBiZ0qQ0Un
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 13, 2019
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau about the progress of the projects.
He expressed his satisfaction at the progress of the projects, and praised the efforts of the expo’s working team led by Al Hashemy, urging all national authorities to intensify their efforts to make the expo succeed.
“We must all work hard to achieve success. Whatever people achieve without hard work, they lose without regret,” he added in comments published by state news agency WAM.
Earlier this month, the head of the organization responsible for organizing Expos around the world has said he expects Dubai to host an “exceptional” event in 2020.
Vicente González Loscertales, secretary-general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), said he is “well satisfied with its [Dubai’s] logistical and technical preparations.”
He said: “We are eagerly awaiting the launch of this unique version of the expo in the UAE, and we are certain that Dubai will dazzle us and the world in 2020, as we have felt and are feeling the team spirit. The preparations are all going according to plan, within the timeframe of the UAE’s program, which was presented at the meetings of the BIE General Assembly.”
As the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Expo 2020 will carry a theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, and its three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability and aims to attract a total of 25 million visits over the course of the 173-day event.