The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, arrived yesterday in Dubai for a two-day working trip on Expo 2020. Mr. Loscertales was officially received by the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee.
This is the first official visit of the BIE to Dubai since the UAE won the right to host Expo 2020 in November 2013. During this trip, the Higher Committee has updated the BIE on the progress made in the preparation of the registration dossier.
The dossier is a crucial step in the preparation of an Expo as it officialises the project by defining clearly and precisely all aspect of the event. Many important issues were addressed such as the Expo theme, the site, transportation, security, visitor strategy, business operations, communications and promotion, the funding strategy and the regulations.
As reported by the Dubai-based newspaper the Khaleej Times, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee Chairman, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, stated "We are pleased to continue our strong collaborative relationship with the BIE and welcome their affirmation, support and unique insight in ensuring that Expo 2020 Dubai meets all requirements for the Registration Phase and becomes a truly exceptional World Expo. This visit further supports our commitment to ensure Expo 2020 Dubai is a global platform for partnerships aimed at charting a sustainable course for humanity on our common journey to 2020 and beyond."