SHARJAH, March 21 (APP):Executive Director of Expo 2020 Bureau Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali Thursday said Dubai was all set to hold the biggest-ever show, which is scheduled from October-November next year and would continue for six months.
“We are on the track after taking a humble start and winning the rights of Expo 2020 by securing votes from 116 countries in 2013,” he told media during a briefing on sidelines of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) held here.
He said the project of Expo infrastructure construction would be completed almost a year before start of and there would be ‘test-run’ in October this year to ensure smooth operations during the exhibition period.
Najeeb said as many as 37,000 laborers were working at the exhibition site, which is giving a city-like look, adding that around 190 countries had so far confirmed their participation and they would have their own pavilions.
Many of them have already signed the participation contracts and some are in process of finalizing their pavilions and going to start construction work shortly, he said.
Sharing unique features of the exhibition, he said it would attract almost 25 million visitors from across the world, the highest number in 160-year history of world fairs; continue for a six-month period.
Besides, he said, every participating country would have its own pavilion, contrary to previous practice of allocating the booths to cultures based on geography like African, Eastern, Western and Asian.
“In our case, we have changed the idea, no matter whosoever you are, you will have own pavilion and opportunity to display products under your own country’s flag and name. “
He said there would be a capacity of parking around 30,000 cars and facility of public transport operating across the UAE for the visitors, called ‘Expo-Riders.”
Najeeb said the UAE government was in process of screening 30,000 volunteers needed for deployment in different operations of the exhibitions, adding that as many as 50,000 applications had been received for the purpose