Thursday, August 2, 2012

Five UAE firms announce official support of country’s bid to host the 2020 World Expo


HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum leads signing ceremony with 
‘Premier Partners’: Dubai Airports, Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat and Jumeirah Group 

Dubai, UAE; August 01, 2012: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of the Emirates Group, serving in his capacity as Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, today led a signing ceremony with senior representatives of five UAE firms that will officially support the country’s bid. These “Premier Partners” include Dubai Airports, Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat and Jumeirah Group.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed welcomed these globally recognised companies as they join this important national effort to host the 2020 Expo in Dubai, underlining the value of their contribution.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed said: “With their active support, the UAE is now even more strongly positioned to be selected as the host nation for this celebration of new ideas and global partnerships, which will provide enduring benefits to the country and the rest of the world.”

These major UAE-based companies, which collectively employ tens of thousands of staff from across the world and have operations spanning the globe, will engage in a wide range of activities to promote the country’s bid to host the first Expo ever in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia region.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and the Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, said: “Spanning sectors as diverse as aviation, financial services, telecommunications, and tourism and hospitality, these five great companies have made clear their common commitment to bringing the 2020 Expo to the UAE.”

Her Excellency continued: “As we continue to accelerate our efforts to host the 2020 World Expo, forging sustainable partnerships with the private sector will prove critical to the strength of our bid – and to our ability to host an Expo that will connect nations, peoples and ideas from across the globe.”

The Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo announced that it will further expand this partnership network, welcoming additional firms and organisations that share a commitment to achieving the nation’s strategic goal.

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Photo Caption (From right to left): His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of the Emirates Group and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai; His Excellency Jamal Al Hai, Executive Senior Vice President, Communication & International Affairs, Dubai Airports; Jaber Al Janahi, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Etisalat; Abdulla Qassem, Group Chief Operating Officer, Emirates NBD; Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group; Adnan Kazim, DSVP, Planning & Research, Emirates Airline.

About the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai:
The Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo was formed by decree by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, serves as Chairman of the Committee.

Additional Committee members include: His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court of Dubai, who serves as Deputy Chairman; Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and the Committee's Managing Director; Mr. Ahmad Abdullah Al Shaikh, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office; and Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Committee submits regular reports directly to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed on the outcomes, milestones, challenges, solutions, proposals and recommendations towards achieving the ultimate goal of ensuring success in hosting 2020World Expo.


For further information about the UAE bid, please visit:

Website: www.expo2020dubai.ae
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DubaiExpo2020
Twitter: @Dubaiexpo2020

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