EmiratesGBC networking event puts spotlight on sustainability aspects of Dubai Expo 2020

DUBAI: The sustainability aspects of World Expo 2020 in Dubai were in the spotlight at the monthly networking event of Emirates Green Building Council, EmiratesGBC, held at the Sheraton Hotel, Mall of Emirates, Dubai.

World Expo 2020 marks the first time the event is held in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia region. Under the theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” Expo 2020 in Dubai is expected to be the best ever witnessed by the world. According to reports, more than US$8.1 billion is being invested to further strengthen the city’s infrastructure to host the mega-event that will attract an estimated 25 million visitors, nearly 70 percent of them international travellers, over the six-month period.

Speaking at the event, Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said, “As Dubai prepares to host World Expo 2020, one of the central considerations is in creating smart and sustainable environments. This builds on the sub-themes of the Expo, Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity’. We now have a unique opportunity to present to the world the U.A.E.’s commitment to sustainable development as well as set an environmental benchmark for future mega-events globally.” He added, “The networking event of EmiratesGBC, under the theme Dubai Expo 2020: The way Forward,’ brought together key industry stakeholders who play a direct role in driving the city’s infrastructure development for hosting the Expo 2020. The event covered the green features of the futuristic Expo Pavilion, and how the entire building industry supply chain can contribute to a more sustainable economy that fulfils the green vision’ announced by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.” At the networking event, Christopher Scott, Director, Investment and Development Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, delivered a presentation on the masterplan and outlined the key environmental initiatives that are being rolled out in preparation for the event.