More than 370 delegates from around the world travelled to Dubai to attend the sixth International Participations Meeting (IPM) in-person, the final IPM before the October 1 opening of Expo 2020.
The IPM was held on May 4-5 at Dubai Exhibition Centre, and those present represented 173 of the Expo’s 190-plus participating countries, with others attending virtually.
During the two-day IPM, attendees were briefed on the latest in operations, security, city readiness, marketing and communications, and programming, while organisers also presented the stringent measures being taken to ensure the health and well-being of Expo’s workforce, participants and visitors, in line with the UAE’s wider efforts to combat Covid-19.
The World Expo will be one of the first mega-events to take place since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will welcome more than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organisations, academic institutions and businesses.
For the first time in the 170-year history of World Expos, each participating country will have its own pavilion – a dedicated space where it can showcase its culture and progress to the world, creating partnerships and exploring solutions relevant to its circumstances and people.
It is also the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and the largest event to be held in the Arab world.
Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the UAE.