Mohammed reviews progress on UAE's bid to host World Expo 2020


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday attended a meeting to review the progress on UAE’s bid to host the World Expo 2020 at the Emirates Towers in Dubai.

The Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 gave a detailed presentation highlighting its efforts to sell UAE's strengths as the best destination to host this international event in Dubai under the theme "Connecting Minds... Building the Future."

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed praised the level of preparations and the efforts of the Higher Committee to host the World Expo 2020 and expressed confidence in their ability to make this national quest a reality. He gave instructions to intensify communications with Asian and African member countries in the BIE to win their vote of support.

The meeting was attended by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in addition to Deputy Chairman and members of the committee.

The Higher Committee will present a dossier detailing UAE's credentials to the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) in Paris where representatives from 161 BIE member countries will convene to examine bids by four candidate cities applying to host the event. The BIE meeting next December will review bids by Izmir, Turkey; Ayutthaya, Thailand; Ekaterinburg, Russia and Sao Paulo, Brazil prior to the voting process which is scheduled for November 2013.

The dossier includes details on why Dubai is best suited to host the event. It sheds light on the dedicated area of approximately 450 acres to host the event in Dubai and its proximity to the state-of-the-art Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port in addition to world-class infrastructure in communications, transportation, tourist facilities, entertainment attractions, logistics and security measures.

The World Expo is one of the largest international events organised for more than 150 years. It takes place every five years and lasts up to six months. It is expected that the event will attract as much as 25 million visitors from all over the world if Dubai succeeds to be the first city to host the World Expo 2020 in the Middle East.

3rd Arab Women Leadership Forum

Sheikh Mohammed will open the Third Arab Women Leadership Forum on Monday at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai.

The forum, a flagship annual event, will take place from November 19th-20th and is organised by Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), which operates under the guidance of President of Dubai Women Establishment Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Mona Al Marri, Chairperson DWE said, "Board Leadership and the Case for Diversity" as a theme for the Third Arab Women Leadership Forum has particular relevance to an issue that is increasingly gaining prominence in the Middle East. Moreover, this event is well-timed to support the UAE's agenda of ensuring the advancement of UAE women to complement the fast-paced development of the country especially that the UAE was ranked first among Arab countries for the third year in a row (2010,2011,2012) according to the Gender GAP report published by World Economic Forum (WEF).

The Third Arab Women Leadership Forum will focus on issues and opportunities surrounding the role of women in the boardroom under the theme "Board Leadership and the Case for Diversity."

This year's forum will be led by successful women leaders and regional experts representing a great diversity of experience. Topics of discussion include matters that have a bearing on the issue of a more gender equitable corporate culture, with speakers drawn from a wide variety of sectors and disciplines including economists, legislators, successful women leaders and experts in the field of corporate governance and gender-equitable board practices in the Middle East.

Keynote speakers at the forum are President of Dubai Women Establishment Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum delivered by Chairperson of DWE's Board Mona Al Marri, Speaker of the Federal National Council Mohammad Ahmed Mohd Al Murr and Vice Chairperson of Al Waleed bin Talal Foundation Princess Ameerah Al Taweel.

The Arab Women Leadership Forum is one of many initiatives established by Dubai Women Establishment for the benefit of women with the active participation of private and public sector organisations. It aims to ensure that Emirati women pursue an aggressive growth agenda that positively impacts the UAE economy, and that of the overall Gulf region.

The third edition of the Arab Women Leadership Forum is sponsored by Emirates Airlines, du, Dubai Media Inc., Arab Radio Network, Women's Committee at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Hawkamah - the Institute for Corporate Governance.

Mohammed attends camel racing festival

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended on Saturday the beginning of the Camel Racing Festival at Al Marmoum race course.

Accompanying Sheikh Mohammed to the race grounds were Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of Dubai Sports Council Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The race was organised with directives and support of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid and attracted heavy participation from the GCC countries and tribes. The 20-round 3km category race started on Saturday, and entries are competing for a Range Rover on each round.

Winner of the firstt round is “Al Dhafra” for Mohammed Zayed Al Mansouri recording 4:21:05 minutes. The second round winner is “Al Dhafer” for Obaid Saeed bin Menanh with a record time of 4:18:00 minutes.

The following events, organised by Dubai Camel Racing Club, will start on Sunday and extend until  November22 . The races will celebrate Sheikh Mohammed’s winning of the London’s World Endurance Race 2012.


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