DUBAI, May 9
Expo 2020 Dubai has chosen leading global logistics firm UPS to handle the logistics operations for Expo 2020 Dubai, which is expected to attract millions of visitors over its six-month duration.
With more than 180 countries expected to participate and hundreds of thousands of visitors on peak days, the next World Expo will be one the most complex logistics projects UPS has tackled.
As Official Logistics Partner, UPS will provide more than 27,000 square metres of warehouse space, equivalent to nearly four football pitches, and a team of 1,000 logistics personnel during the Expo, lasting from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
The UPS team will draw on expertise and experience gained as logistics sponsor in the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The partnership agreement was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, and Jean-Francois Condamine, UPS’s President of the Indian Sub-continent, Middle East and Africa.
The Expo 2020 theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, provides a platform to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration globally.
“Mobility is one of the key pillars of Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau. “We see it as the bridge to opportunity by connecting people, goods and ideas and providing easier access to markets, knowledge and innovation. UPS will play a key role – not only during Expo 2020 Dubai but long after the doors close in 2021.”
Operating in the region since 1989, UPS has been able to take advantage of the UAE’s position as a transportation hub for global commerce, connecting trade from the Middle East to China, Africa, Europe and the U.S and it plans to grow its business further in the region.
“We plan to expand UPS’s presence in the region by establishing capacity, technology and staff capabilities to serve customers shipping to and through Dubai, long after the Expo concludes,” said David Abney, Global CEO of UPS.
“An undertaking of this scale and sophistication requires a next generation network that is smart, efficient, and integrated. We share a vision of what the logistics of tomorrow will look like.”
The announcement of the partnership with UPS follows agreements with some of the world’s other leading brands, including DP World, Emirates Airlines, Emirates NBD, Etisalat, SAP and Siemens.
Partnerships are an integral part of preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai, which is drawing on local, regional and global expertise to deliver a memorable and impactful destination.
Further partnerships with Expo 2020 Dubai are expected to be announced in the near future as Dubai prepares to host the first World Expo to be staged in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
About Expo 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai is guided by the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas combining in new ways. Over the course of six months from October 2020, Expo aims to bring together hundreds of countries and millions of people to celebrate human ingenuity: ‘Connecting Minds; Creating the Future’.
· Between its opening day on 20 October 2020, and its close on 10 April 2021, we expect Expo to be visited by millions of people.
· 70% of all visitors are expected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history.
· We aim to create and deliver an inclusive and global Expo with over 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational institutions.
· Expo 2020 also has an ambitious volunteer programme, which aims to include more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities and cultures and backgrounds.
· The Expo site covers a total of 4.38 sq. km, including a 2 sq. km gated area. It is located within the Dubai South District, adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport.
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About World Expos
In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, coalesced to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.
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