Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Expo 2020 Facebook page reaches 100,000 “Likes”

Expo 2020 Facebook page reaches 100,000 “Likes”

The UAE’s 2020 World Expo bid attracts widespread support on  popular social networking website

Dubai, UAE; October 29, 2012: The UAE’s official Expo Facebook page reached 100,000 “Likes” this week, in a clear sign of the growing enthusiasm for the country’s bid to welcome the world on the eve of its 50th anniversary.

The page, which was launched by the Expo team just five months ago, is a valuable tool for supporters across the country and around the world to receive updates on the progress of the bid, and to share relevant news and information with friends and colleagues. 

The Expo team highlighted that the Like function, which allows users of the popular social networking site to easily show their support for various causes and organisations, is key to gauging awareness and assessing the impact of various outreach programmes. Reaching the 100,000 milestone is evidence of the success these initiatives have achieved in recent months. 
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil). 

The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions – the international organisation responsible for overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.

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 World Expo 2020.

For further information about the UAE bid, please visit: 

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

About the Bureau International des Expositions: 
The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris in 1928, which established the rights and responsibilities of Expo organisers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention.

The BIE’s mission is to maintain the integrity and quality of Expos so that they may continue to educate the public and promote innovation in the service of human progress. Expos must be able to not only provide a benchmark for the human progress made in a given domain, but also propose a roadmap for the way forward – and the BIE works to ensure this.

For further information about the BIE, please visit: www.bie-paris.org

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Expo 2020 Dubai awarded in Cannes, France

‘The Turtle’ nets ‘Golden Dolphin’

The Turtle, a film made for showing at the UAE Pavilion at the Expo 2012 Yeosu, Korea, has won the top award in its class at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Festival.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

Dubai – 24/10/2012

After The Turtle‘s enthusiastic reception in Korea, where the UAE pavilion achieved a Silver Medal, beating all its competitors except China, the film’s success in Cannes was warmly received by a large gathering of some of the world’s top filmmakers.

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The star of the evening and the actor chosen to receive the award on behalf of both the filmmakers and the UAE’s National Media Council was Ahmed Al Dahouri, a young schoolboy from Ras Al Khaimah, who has no formal training as an actor but whose performance in The Turtle has been described as “inspirational,” “deeply emotional” and “mature”.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

In a speech of appreciation at the award ceremony, in front of an audience of commissioning agents, film producers, directors and experienced actors, Ahmed thanked the production team for guiding his first steps into the world of film and mentioned that he was quite shocked to be standing on stage after his first performance.

He also made a plea from the heart that film producers should continue to play their role in raising awareness of key environmental issues.

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“This film has focused a bright light on just one of the actions the UAE is taking to reduce pollution and protect the environment”, he said. “There are many others and highlighting such issues among the general public can have a really positive influence.

“As a young person who worries about what we are doing to our planet, I believe that we have a responsibility to influence change. I think films can play a big role in this,” he added.
Congratulations to Ahmed and the film production team were received from key figures in the UAE, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who commented that he found the film both moving and engaging and had been deeply impressed by the quality of the production, particularly the performances by Emirati actors.

BIE General Assembly - Expo 2020 Dubai Blog

A message was also received from Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi, who thanked Ahmed for his strong performance in the film and also for his recent contribution to “Ali’s Film,” in support of Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo in 2020.

“You are a great ambassador for the UAE,” she told the young Ahmed, adding, “We hope that you will be with us when we win the bid to host Expo 2020.”

The Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards is one of the most important festivals worldwide for corporate films, on-line media and TV documentaries and is the biggest of its kind in Europe. The present festival included 666 entries from 35 countries.

Find the movie The Turtle on the site of Dubai 2020 :

About the UAE bid for the World Expo 2020, Dubai is vying with four other candidate cities to host the World Expo 2020 Ayutthaya (Thailand), Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey ) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The city will host the World Expo will be selected in November 2013 after a vote by the 161 member countries of theBureau International des Exposition, the international oragnization responsible for overseeing the calendar, applications, selection and organization of the World Expos.

For more information about UAE bid :
• Site Web : www.expo2020dubai.ae
• Facebook : www.facebook.com/DubaiExpo2020
• Twitter : https://twitter.com/DubaiExpo2020

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dubai Expo 2020 at the World Energy Forum 2012

The World Energy Forum 2012 will be held on October 22-24, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. This will be the first time that this High-Level International Energy Conference will be taking place outside the headquarters of the United Nations.

The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. At the Forum, leaders from Member States of the United Nations , international organizations, and corporations will seek tangible progress towards cleaner, safer, and more sustainable energy as well as achieving universal access to modern energy services. One of the primary objectives of this conference is to chart a roadmap for a sustainable energy mix that can fuel global economic and social development. The forum provides a unique opportunity to exchange new ideas on global energy issues from the perspectives of policy, technology, and business.

The World Energy Forum 2012 is expected to be attended by over two thousand delegates, including several heads of state, scores of national energy ministers, and top leaders from the industry.

World Energy Forum does not meet for the sake of meeting but is creating a global conversation searching for answers and practical solutions by inspiring technological innovations and research as well as facilitating political will to meet the challenges facing humanity. Therefore, a World Energy Forum conference separates itself from sectarian, partisan, purely commercial, and some regional-specific gatherings in that it embraces all energy sources, whatever forms they may be found, and welcomes all to participate in an open debate for humanity’s sustainable future.

HRH Princess Haya addressing the welcome speech at the First Ladies Summit at WEF2012 #
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The Dubai Expo 2020 stand :

American University in Dubai (AUD)

Strong support from the American University !

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Dubai to host global IT meet in May

Dubai: Over 800 local and international delegates are expected to participate in the World Customs Organisation (WCO) IT Conference and Exhibition, which will be hosted by Dubai from May14-16.

“The conference aims to enhance joint coordination among international border control and security agencies,” said Juma Al Ghaith, executive director of Customs Development Division at Dubai Customs.

He announced the meet during the Gitex event.

He said the 179 member states in WCO will give weightage to the Emirate’s bid to host the much prized World Expo 2020.

An official from the WCO’s office of the secretary general, Greg Pilkington, said the Dubai Customs’ conference will be held under the title: “Effective Solutions for Coordinated Border Management.”

Started in 2002, the WCO conference is rotated in different global regions. The last event was held in Estonia and a year before it was hosted in Seattle, USA.

“It will be the first time that it will be hosted in the Middle East and we have been impressed with what we have seen so far, especially the coordination of different government agencies,” said Pilkington.