Saturday, 04 December 2021 09:57 GMT

Switzerland first int'l participant to sign up for Expo 2020 Dubai


(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) Switzerland became the first international participant in World Expo 2020 by officially confirming its presence for the mega event.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee met with Maya Tissafi Switzerland's Ambassador to the UAE as the country became the first to officially signal its intent to participate in Expo 2020.

"Expo 2020 Dubai will be an international focal point where people and countries will come together to celebrate human ingenuity and our shared ability to build a better future. We are delighted that the Swiss government has committed to participate over four years ahead of the start of the Expo. The decision is an important reflection of the international role played by the UAE and the significance of Expo 2020" said Shaikh Ahmed who is also President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Chairman of Emirates airline and Chief Executive of the Emirates Group.

The Swiss Federal Council agreed to take part in Expo 2020 at a meeting held last week. That meeting also agreed a budget for the Swiss pavilion - which will be built on the Expo site - of Dh57 million.

Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi Cabinet Member and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai said: "We look forward to Switzerland's participation in Expo 2020 as a partner in bringing people together from across the globe to share their ideas and together create a common ambition for the next 50 years of human progress."

Tissafi said: "Switzerland and the UAE are both countries that thrive on connecting others through travel and trade. Participating in Expo 2020 Dubai is also of great interest to Swiss companies and the tourism sector given the region's economic potential."

Between October 2020 and April 2021 Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors to witness the very latest in thinking and technology people from around the world will be able to share an experience that has one aim: to contribute to building a better future.

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