His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, has hosted a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 International Participants Meeting (IPM), reaffirming the global mega-event as an unparalleled platform for international cooperation.

In a welcome speech to IPM delegates, His Excellency said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is about all of us coming together to create something better for future generations – to do our part in reshaping and redesigning our future, to bring people from all backgrounds and all corners of the Earth together for unique shared experiences that will help people know one another, talk to one another and to live with one another in peace and prosperity.

 “I thank all of you for your dedication to shaping a positive future, and for your commitment to the cause of human progress. Our journeys through Expo 2020 Dubai will be enriched by your ideas and commitment to improve the quality of life for our entire planet.”

In meetings with Her Excellency Nadia Fattah Alaoui, the Kingdom of Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy; the Honourable Charles Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Economic Development; and His Excellency Gilbert Boustany, Commissioner General for Antigua and Barbuda at Expo 2020, His Excellency discussed the long-term legacy of Expo 2020 at a local, regional and international level, and its alignment with the wider strategic vision of the UAE.

The countries in turn conveyed their growing excitement and regard for the Expo’s advanced state of readiness, not only on the site itself, but across the UAE.

The meetings, which included a briefing with Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), took place at the IPM, held from 4-5 May at Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020, with more talks slated over the coming days.

The IPM gathered more than 370 delegates from 173 countries to discuss the final preparations for what will be the first event of this scale to take place since the beginning of the pandemic. Delegates were updated on operations and security, as well as the robust COVID-19 measures that have been implemented to safeguard the well-being of the Expo workforce, participants and visitors.

Coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, Expo 2020 – the first World Expo to be held in the MEASA region – will welcome the world from 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022.