(MENAFN- European Council on Tourism and Trade) In a string of public diplomacy events destined to highlight the dimensions and significance of Dubai hosting the Expo 2020 European countries started a countdown clock towards 20 October 2020, the date when Dubai Expo 2020 will open his gates to the public.
In a public ceremony H.E. Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, European Council on Tourism and Trade President and UAE Ambassador Ahmed Abdullah Al Matrooshi had started the countdown towards Dubai Exo 2020.
The ceremony has taken place in the presence of the diplomatic corps accredited to global tourism institution (European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy).
European Council on Tourism and Trade has highlighted his support for Dubai as a host of Expo 2020 even in 2015 when ECTT President Dr. Anton Caragea announced the the backing of Dubai as a host of Expo 2020 and in 2017 and 2019 elected Dubai as World Best Tourist Destination in order to showcase support for Dubai as a center of tourism and development.
In his opening address President Dr. Anton Caragea remarked that Expo 2020's opportunity, mobility and sustainability themes are quite different from the industrial focus of the earliest expos, the goals are the same – to boost the host nation's profile and create a lasting impact
When the first World Expo took place in London in 1851, it displayed the achievements of the industrial revolution during an exhibition lasting 140 days.
More recently, however, the concept of highlighting more simplistic indicators of progress has given way to efforts to highlight themes that tie in with 'sustainable development' goals.
World Expos are now an opportunity for governments, international organisations and companies to iron out global challenges.
UAE Ambassador remarked that: Expo 2020 will be the first-ever expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (Measa) region.
There are 192 participating nations and nearly 25 million visitors are expected, with 70 percent set to come from outside the UAE – a diversity that will be a record for a World Expo, according to Bureau International des Expositions secretary general Vicente Loscertales.
The universal nature of the expo will help the UAE improve and establish new bilateral ties with participating nations, paving the way for partnerships between local and international firms.
The event is also expected to result in more business-friendly legislation and drive investment in the UAE's local sectors.
An April 2019 report revealed that nominating Dubai as a World Best Tourist Destination in 2019 and as a host of expo 2020 will add between now and2031 some AED122.6bn in gross value to the UAE economy.
Key sectors that will be impacted by the expo include events organisation and business services; construction; transport storage and communication; retail; and restaurants and hotels.
During the expo, from October 2020 to April 2021, visitor and operational activity will drive the event's impact, with the restaurant and hotels sector benefitting the most.
After the expo culminates, the legacy period (May 2021-December 2031) will see the creation of District 2020, a new community and business hub that will retain nearly 80 percent of the expo's built structure.
Expo 2020's central theme 'connecting minds, creating future' is underpinned by three subthemes – opportunity, mobility and sustainability.
Preparations for teams from European Council on Tourism and Trade and European Tourism Academy are geared towards applying these themes to both the event and the legacy phase to impact generations to come.
Each subtheme is represented by a physical district, anchored by a thematic pavilion.
European Council on Tourism and Trade participating nations can align themselves to one of the sub-themes while presenting their own solutions for the future.
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