Dubai’s recent winning of Expo 2020 was commemorated at the Host Cities Summit, a two-day event hosted by Emirates and held at the Park Hyatt hotel in Dubai that brings together leading figures in the events industry. Everyone from “small families to big businesses” were praised for their efforts in bringing Expo 2020 to Dubai.
Speaking at the Host Cities summit in the city, His Excellency Helal Saeed Al-Marri, who was on the Expo bid team’s Higher Committee in his role as Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, reiterated how the whole country came together to make it happen. “This winning bid showed us that when everyone in the whole of the UAE works together, both in the public and private sector, we can achieve anything,” he said.
With more than 200 events now held in Dubai every year, H.E Helal Saeed Al Marri also spoke about the role they play in the development of a city. “Events are very important to us, not only with the local benefits they bring, but also as they show other countries what we are doing here in Dubai. Events entertain, inspire and stimulate ideas, creativity and the economy. They enrich the lives of the local population and act as a catalyst for the growth of tourism.What we are aiming for in Dubai is to be the most successful events city in the world.”
The winning of Expo 2020 certainly signals Dubai’s increasing development into one of the world’s most important cities.