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Dubai confirms Expo 2020 plans are on track

The fourth meeting of the City Readiness Committee for hosting Expo 2020 Dubai, which brings together the major authorities working on the mega event, has declared that all preparations are on track.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, chaired the meeting, which heard the latest updates on preparations to host the world’s greatest show in less than 400 days.

The City Readiness Committee is overseeing the coordination of dozens of local and federal entities, ensuring that Dubai and the UAE are ready to welcome millions of visitors to the next World Expo from October 20, 2020.

Several agencies presented updates on their readiness plans, including significant updates on major RTA projects, including new roads and the Dubai Metro extension.

The committee also heard from Dubai Civil Defence and discussed the preparedness of Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, including event time emergency plans.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “All relevant stakeholders briefed us in detail about their readiness plans to welcome the world in October 2020, and to host an exceptional World Expo. The implementation of these plans are in advanced stages and we have already seen this tangible progress at the Expo 2020 site.”

Colonel Expert Ali Hassan Almutawa, assistant director for Fire and Rescue, Dubai Civil Defence (DCD), presented to the committee the new Expo 2020 Civil Defence Centre, saying it will use the best artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to ensure the security and safety of all visitors, participants, workers and Expo 2020 facilities.

Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (Dubai Ambulance), represented by Khalifa Aldari, executive director, and Mishal Julfar, acting director of Ambulance Operations, told the committee it intends to buy 200 automated external defibrillator (AED) devices, which will be placed in key locations across the Expo 2020 site.

It is also recruiting and training volunteer emergency medical responders and presented to the committee the specially-developed mobile app, As’efni, that is being used to support this.

Next month will mark one year to go until Expo 2020 welcomes more than 200 international participants, including 192 countries, and expects to record 25 million visits during its six months.