Monday, December 10, 2012

The UAE's Expo 2020 bid is 'Strategic Partner' of GES-EVA

Dubai, UAE; December 10, 2012: The UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai will take centrestage at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit - Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia (GES-EVA), as the global event's 'Strategic Partner.'
GES-EVA is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai World Trade Centre ( DWTC ) from December 11 to 12, 2012.

The GES-EVA Summit and Exhibition, which brings together international stakeholders from across the SME ecosystem, reiterates the UAE's commitment to fostering youth entrepreneurship, creating diversified employment opportunities and providing access to start-ups and established businesses to strong global partnerships that will help grow their business.

Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre , and Member of the Higher Committee for hosting 2020 World Expo in Dubai, said: "GES-EVA aims to nurture youth entrepreneurial skills and further energise the SME sector, one of the key contributors to the Arab world's regional economies. To be attended by C-level business leaders, policy makers and experts from around the world, GES-EVA demonstrates the commitment of the UAE in driving global dialogue on key growth areas, especially to promote regional entrepreneurship. With the UAE's Expo 2020 bid coming on board as Strategic Partner, we will able to highlight Dubai's credentials as a Candidate City to a large cross-section of decision makers from around the world."
He added: "The UAE is bidding to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai under the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,' which also reflects the overall goal of GES-EVA in empowering the region's youth. Young people play an instrumental role in identifying innovative solutions that will help address global challenges. By creating opportunities for them to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills, GES-EVA is helping to create the future by facilitating international linkages with the region's youth."

GES-EVA puts the spotlight on the golden opportunity for growth presented by the SME sector, with its focus on encouraging youth entrepreneurship, fueling diversified employment opportunities and providing access for start-ups to markets and capitals across the region. The event will be attended by leading government, public and private sector entities and institutional investors, in addition to NGOs and academia. High-ranking policymakers from the MENA region, prominent global business leaders, international financiers and C-level procurement decision makers who have a strong role in the Pan-Arab economic ecosystem will take part in the summit and exhibition.

About Dubai World Trade Centre ( DWTC ):
As the organiser of Gulfood 2012, Gitex Technology Week, Dubai International Motor Show and many others, Dubai World Trade Centre offers more than 32 years' experience delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 18 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.
Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

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; His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority; His Excellency Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality; Major General Khamis Mutar Al Muzainah, Deputy Commander General of Dubai Police; 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:; Facebook:; Twitter: @Dubaiexpo2020

About GES-EVA:
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and under the strong direction and support of the UAE and US governments, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit - Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia (GES-EVA), will be held on December 11 and 12, 2012 at the Dubai World Trade Centre . The event will serve as a unique gateway to adopt a fresh perspective to fostering a culture of entrepreneurship in the Pan Arab world.

As the first of its kind integrated SME and start-up event, including offerings for all pillars of the regional and international SME ecosystem, EVA, the UAE Government initiative, is billed to be an annual feature with its definitive mandate of supporting regional entrepreneurship, which is important to the goals of regional governments to create new jobs and support ancillary industries.

GES-EVA will feature a Summit, Exhibition and Special Events that together will play a vital role in encouraging youth entrepreneurship, fuelling diversified employment opportunities, and facilitating SME and start-up success by providing access to markets and capital for entrepreneurs across the region. GES-EVA will also host a range of special events, including competitions, awards and specialised networking activities over the two-day period.

The event will also foster knowledge sharing to strengthen entrepreneurial skills, especially in the SME sector, through insightful conferences, discussions and keynote addresses held in partnership with Abraaj Capital, AllWorld Network, The Aspen Institute, Higher Colleges of Technology, Kauffman Foundation, Wamda and other leading entities.

Among the knowledge sessions at GES-EVA include a debate on 'Entrepreneurship through the ages,' focused on the evolution of the entrepreneurial scene globally and what motivates today's entrepreneurs; panel discussions on 'Establishing a unified GCC SME system' and 'Womenpreneur focus: Thinking big and building big,' on the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs; and keynote speeches on 'Transforming Strategy: Creating Shared Value,' and 'Building Your Team's Potential.'

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