Abu Dhabi: Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 in Dubai said that the expo is expected to provide more job opportunities in services sector for residents and citizens as well.
In an interview conducted by Journalist Fabrice Valserre of French Valeures Actuelles magazine, Al Hashimi said a committee has been set up to study all issues related to hosting of the Expo.
Al Hashimi stressed the importance of organising Expo in Dubai, expressing her hope that winning of the bid bears huge potentials to highlight Dubai’s preparation to deal with expected challenge.
She noted that in case of selecting Dubai, it would be a first time to host an international expo in the Arab World, the Middle East, North Africa and India, referring to the support Dubai received from the Arab League.
Al Hashimi expressed her pride of Dubai’s cultural diversity, a city which hosts 200 nationalities, adding that they live in harmony, and “This contributes to enriching culture and history of the UAE community”.
Regarding hosting Expo 2020, the minister said, there are plans for new infrastructure to be added to the current one. “The EXPO 2020 would represent a new opportunity to employ Emiratis in a wide range of activities. The nature of the jobs depends on the sectors and on our citizens’ needs.”
Alhashimi said that the estimated budget for holding the EXPO would be between 2-4 billion US dollars, making use of existing assets as well as further developing the infrastructure.
The site selected for the EXPO is in the Jebel Ali area, strategically located between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and within easy reach of Al Maktoum International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The site is also on the route of the proposed Etihad railway, not only making access easy but also making it possible for visitors to explore the rest of the country easily.
She added that Dubai is rallying votes of allies and partners to help it win hosting of International Expo in decisive moment in November 2013 in Paris.
The French journalist was invited by the National Media Council (NMC) to assess Dubai’s preparations to win the bid to host Expo” 2020.