By Ahmed Elneimy DUBAI, 13th April, 2022 (WAM) — Dimitri S Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau of International Exhibitions (BIE), said hosting Expo 2020 Dubai in the United Arab Emirates was “a truly remarkable World Expo “. to the vision of the United Arab Emirates and the joint efforts of the organizers and all the participants, who have worked hard to deliver a historic event for the region and the world.
In an interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM) about the conclusion of Expo 2020 Dubai, Kerkentzes said: “Expo 2020 Dubai has become a beacon of unity and hope, reminding us the importance of human solidarity and international cooperation to meet common challenges. .
“After a period of separation, Expo 2020 Dubai was the perfect opportunity for the 192 participating countries to come together and connect, to come together in search of solutions to global challenges and to engage in dialogue for a better future. Expo 2020 Dubai was the ideal platform to launch a new dynamic, where countries were able to encourage reflection and debate on the direction to take from now”.
Expo 2020 Dubai Legacy On the effects of Expo 2020 Dubai on different sectors, including economic, social and humanitarian, he said: “The legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai will be measured in years, even decades. , and its lasting impact will be that it extends to a wide range of intangibles such as education, social progress, sustainable thinking and international cooperation.
“However, I am sure that for each visitor, the Expo has already played a decisive role in changing their behavior, creating new connections, broadening their horizons and shaping their future. Moreover, the Expo, well sure, leaves behind a significant physical legacy full of innovation, including the incredible site, which will continue to spawn new ideas and ambitious solutions as a beautiful new neighborhood for Dubai.
Role of youth Asked about the evaluation of the efforts of youth in organizing the Expo, Kerkentzes said: “It is not enough to thank the youth of the United Arab Emirates for the immense efforts they have made to make Expo 2020 Dubai a success. it was and for the warm welcome “given to the world.”
On the model of the UAE in hosting Expo 2020 Dubai, he noted, “One of the intangible legacies of Expo 2020 Dubai that will certainly inspire future Expos is the role of youth. always focused on educating the public, however, in Dubai we saw a whole new level of engagement from young people to tackle the Expo theme and come up with new solutions suitable for future generations.
“The way younger generations have shaped the experience of Expo 2020 Dubai will undoubtedly influence all future exhibitions, not only in the development of the theme, but also in the way the content is designed and organized and the pavilions , and in the way the Expo is organized, the reach extends beyond the site itself.”
In the service of humanity On the achievements of Expo 2020 Dubai in the service of humanity, Kerkentzes said that humanity faces many challenges, whether in terms of environmental protection, biodiversity , education or health, and in the face of the multiple inequalities that the pandemic has exacerbated. Expo 2020 Dubai showed that cooperation based on solidarity is not only possible but essential.
“It showed that by connecting the world, we can explore the realm of endless possibilities for the benefit of humanity and together we can dare to innovate and move forward. I truly believe that Expo 2020 Dubai is a beautiful symbol of resilience and optimism that has helped point the way to a brighter future.This undeniable celebration of human progress demonstrates that hope and cooperation together have the power to unleash the best in humanity.
Regarding Expo’s efforts to support worker welfare, he said working conditions and worker welfare were the top priority of Expo 2020 Dubai organizers, the BIE and international participants. This resulted in strict measures taken, which went beyond the standard requirements for the UAE and the region.
In the spirit of innovation, from planning to Expo management, Expo 2020 Dubai has voluntarily implemented a program that uses cutting-edge technologies to monitor the health and well-being of workers. Through the use of innovative wearable technologies, Expo 2020 Dubai has helped improve the safety of workers on site and contributed to the development of predictive models capable of improving the entire industry.
Historic Opportunity for the Middle East, United Arab Emirates Commenting on the impact of hosting the Expo for the first time in the Middle East, he noted, “Having opened in the year of the Golden Jubilee of the United Arab Emirates, Expo 2020 Dubai opened a new chapter in the country’s history. I think it was the right time to host the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It has been a great opportunity for Dubai, the UAE as a nation and the Middle East in general to show the world that the ideals, values and vision for a better future are all there.
“The United Arab Emirates has made tremendous efforts to organize a World Expo that brings together the best and brightest ideas from around the world and will have a transformative impact. I am convinced that this momentum will play a lasting role in rebalancing the economy. towards a fairer economy. and sustainable”. , and more inclusive growth. Given the interest generated by Expo 2020 Dubai and the demonstrable benefits of hosting an Expo for the host city and the host country, I am convinced that the ‘Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a shining example that will inspire others, in the region and beyond.
Translated by / Samar Mohamed Reda.