(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) In a major show of support for the UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the senior leadership of DP World announced today its commitment to serve as a "Premier Partner" of the bid. This follows a formal signing ceremony with His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World.
DP World, which employs more than 30,000 staff and operates over 60 terminals across six continents, will engage internal and external stakeholders through a wide range of outreach initiatives to raise awareness about the country's bid to host the first World Expo ever held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
Reem Al Hashimy said: "DP World is one of the many success stories in the UAE. We are very excited that the firm has joined our World Expo 2020 bid campaign. As a Premier Partner and as a global port operator, DP World will play a key role in demonstrating that the UAE has the geographical reach, infrastructure and human capital essential to host this monumental event in 2020." Highlighting the strength of the firm's commitment to the Expo bid, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: "Dubai and the UAE are home to our flagship terminal, Jebel Ali Port. This is where our successful journey to become a global port operator began and we are proud and honoured to be named a Premier Partner of the UAE's bid to bring this important global event to Dubai. We will work with the Expo Bid team and our fellow Premier Partners to attract international support, showcasing the UAE's unique capabilities, including highlighting Jebel Ali's readiness to provide the logistical support required to make Expo 2020 a global success." DP World joins five other UAE-based organisations that have already been named as Premier Partners of the Expo 2020 bid, including Dubai Airports, Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat and Jumeirah Group.
World Expo - one of the oldest and largest international events - takes place every five years and lasts for six months. Since 1851, World Expos have provided unique opportunities for people from across the globe to come together and appreciate the world's cultural diversity and technological wonders.
Dubai is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand), Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey), and Sao Paulo (Brasil).
The winner will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.