By Nasser Al Jabri and Ahmed Al Nuaimi ABU DHABI, 18th April, 2022 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, has said that Expo 2020 Dubai offered hope to everyone in the world for a brighter future, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Sheikh Nahyan pointed out that hosting Expo 2020 Dubai in the UAE demonstrated the success of the journey and approach to the nation, underpinned by the vision of his leadership, adding that the big event caught the world’s attention. pay attention to the United Arab Emirates and the trade, investment and economic opportunities it offers.
The world spoke the language of humanity in the United Arab Emirates, a country known for its generosity, for six months and offered hope for a better future, he added, noting that most pavilions will remain standing in the city and cultural activities and academic events. to be continued.
He also hailed the distinguished Emirati model of volunteerism at Expo 2020 Dubai, saying nearly 33,000 volunteers provided top-notch services and facilitated visits by more than 24 million guests.
All countries that participated in Expo 2020 Dubai were treated with respect, appreciation and equality, with many celebrating their national holidays at the event, Sheikh Nahyan said.
The UAE, following the guidance of its wise leadership, believes in possibilities and set out to take challenges and turn them into opportunities, which is the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, he said. he added, pointing out that the UAE had successfully overcome the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and hosted the most important cultural event in the world.
Speaking about the main youth empowerment solutions showcased by the event, Sheikh Nahyan explained that youth was the key pillar of Expo 2020 Dubai and a central part of all initiatives, conferences and events organized during the event, which represented a platform for the voices of young people. people, allowing them to express their opinions and ambitions and to highlight their challenges.
Speaking about the role played by Expo 2020 Dubai in supporting the UAE’s Vision 2071, by making the country an international hub to attract ideas and investments, Sheikh Nahyan said that the Golden Jubilee celebrations on the site of Expo 2020 Dubai have crowned the last fifty years. in history. of the United Arab Emirates, heralding a promising future for the next fifty years. He pointed out that the Expo taught the world about the leading role of the UAE in international politics, culture, economy and science.
The Expo brought the world together in the UAE with thousands of international leaders visiting the event, including kings, heads of state, prime ministers, other ministers and senior officials, he said. he added, highlighting the many business and investment opportunities it offers. the Expo. United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Nahyan also spoke about the UAE’s cooperation with Japan to host Expo 2025 Osaka, echoing the words of the Commissioner General of the Japanese Pavilion, who said that Japan’s participation in the event consists not only to share its culture and traditions, but was inspired by the organization of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Sheikh Nahyan said that the UAE welcomed the world to the Expo, guaranteeing the rights of individuals and the community to assemble safely, in accordance with the highest international standards of precaution, adding that the Expo also offered discussions on the main challenges facing humanity and held numerous activities aimed at creating solutions to these challenges.
At Expo 2020 Dubai, the world explored the UAE’s distinguished model of tolerance, pluralism and diversity, he added, noting that the event hosted Tolerance Week, which saw the launch of many initiatives such as the Global Alliance for Tolerance launched at the National Tolerance Conference and Festival of Coexistence.
Speaking about the UAE’s message to the world at Expo 2020 Dubai, Sheikh Nahyan noted that the event took place under dire conditions, giving the world a glimmer of hope on what could be achieved if humanity could cooperate and unify its goals and visions.
Translated by / Samar Mohamed Reda.