SEOUL, 11th December, 2019 (WAM) -- The UAE Embassy in Seoul, South Korea held an event to promote the countdown to the Expo 2020 Dubai in the presence of Abdullah Saif Ali Al Nuaimi, UAE Ambassador to South Korea, and Lee Min Hu, Deputy Chief Executive of Trade and Infrastructure Support.
During the event, Al Nuaimi said that the Expo is one of the largest international events in terms of economic and cultural influence and will constitute a platform to gather creators and innovators from around the world under one roof to exchange ideas and reveal the achievements of human creativity in pursuit of a better future for all.
Al Nuaimi affirmed that the UAE, under the directives of its leadership, is keen to build the necessary infrastructure and facilities for the exhibition’s participants, noting that it is expected to attract over 25 million visitors and the participation of some 192 countries in an event that will transform the UAE into a centre of global economic activity and investment.
For his part, Lee Min Hu highlighted t
he strategic relations and partnership that unite the UAE and South Korea.
During the event, various photos and videos related to the Expo were shown, and the Korean side presented a video on the Korean pavilion.
Dubai EXPO is expected to open on Oct.20,2020 to answer global calls for optimism, and demonstrate how human brilliance can create a better future with a predicted 25 million visits, and with 70 percent of visitors expected to come from outside the UAE.
Amb.Abdulla Saif Alnuaimi expressed hope that the Dubai Expo will inspire lasting change, amplifying important messages on issues that resonate around the world.
Indeed, Expo 2020 could not come at a more opportune moment and at a time when an ‘us versus them’ mentality pervades some parts of our society.
"As humanity faces a host of diverse issues from climate change to conflict, economic woes to technological advances it is clear that we cannot accept ‘business as usual," he said.
But it is equally clear that human ingenuity knows no boundaries, and that by embracing global collaboration, we will transform challenges into opportunities, allowing great ideas to thrive and their benefits to be amplified worldwide, he went on.
Expo 2020 will be the platform for that collaboration an unprecedented opportunity to bring the world together in a spirit of optimism with a clear, shared objective of creating a better tomorrow for our planet and everyone on it.
"At Expo 2020, we foresee a world with clean water to drink and pure air to breathe for all, where natural resources
are conserved for future generations, where all women are educated and empowered, where every child goes to school and none go hungry, and where healthcare is not a luxury," UAE envoy said.
In fact, humanity has made great strides in recent decades. Data from the United Nations shows that extreme poverty has halved, access to water has dramatically increased, child mortality has plummeted and there have been huge leaps in literacy and the number of children in school.
These successes should be celebrated, and they should drive us forward to seek creative, innovative and effective solutions that target those areas where we must do better.
Expo 2020 coincides with the start of the decade of delivery towards achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals the worldwide plan for the peace and prosperity of people and the planet.
And the UAE, as a nation built on tolerance and inclusivity and home to 200 nationalities, is the proud host of this event, the first of its kind in UAE and a major milestone for the Arab world.
Expo 2020’s over-arching theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is rooted in the undeniable fact that we achieve so much more when we work together.
For the 173 days of Expo 2020, 192 nations including Korea will work side by side with international organisations and social enterprise
s, sharing knowledge with the brightest minds from the corporate and academic world.
Countries and organisations at the forefront of technological prowess will meet others that carry the promise of untapped potential, nurturing cooperation on a global scale and deepening our collective and mutual understanding.
By choosing to locate Country Pavilions in areas of common interest rather than geographically, Expo will break down traditional barriers, creating the tantalising prospect of, as an example, China, Honduras, Norway and South Sudan becoming neighbours in the Opportunity District.
There is no limit to the discussions that could develop, the opportunities for change that may ensue and this will be replicated in a myriad of different ways across the event. Expo 2020 will stimulate innovative discussions and spark alternative ideas just what the world needs if we are to come up with more creative solutions to our globally-shared challenges.
International participants the lifeblood of Expo 2020 will not only contribute to an unmissable global celebration, they will fuel their own growth and prosperity and help form a bedrock that inspires us all to become change-makers for a better world.
And, with an expected 25 million visits, the next World Expo will be a powerful opportunity to magnify important messages on issues that resonate around the world, inviting us all to play our part in a future full of optimism, based on shared global visions and built on collaboration, tolerance and resilience.
Staging such a large-scale, global event showcases the UAE’s dynamism and capacity to bring the world together and promote cross-pollination of thoughts, cultures and ideas.
It highlights our country’s strong vision of the future as we carry this innovative, optimistic spirit forward for generations to come, because Expo 2020 will be a truly historic event not just for Dubai and the UAE as we approach our nation’s Golden Jubilee but for the world,UAE Ambassador added.