GDRFA proceeds with the development of strategic plans to host Expo 2020 next year

His Excellency Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), confirmed that GDRFA has aligned its efforts in line with the government’s instructions regarding the postponing of Expo 2020. He underlined that the approval of the International Exhibitions Bureau to postpone the exhibition reflects the very idea the Expo stands for, which is to remain connected in the best interest of all. Furthermore, the postponement of the Expo opens new horizons for international cooperation in various fields, which will enable all countries to enhance their participation, adding further value to the success of the exhibition. He added that GDRFA has absolute confidence in the country’s leadership’s efficiency and ability to overcome this challenge and emerge stronger. H.E. Al Marri said that the exceptional efficiency and tremendous efforts demonstrated by the UAE in dealing with the global pandemic crisis highlights its preparedness and confirms its strength and unity as a nation in the face of challenges. It further underlines the country’s capability to overcome this crisis, and as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum once said, “the inner strength of individuals, institutions and societies comes to fore during adversities, and this crisis has highlighted our true strength in the form of solidarity, as we stand hand in hand to confront this pandemic.” His Excellency Al Marri said: “We are developing strategic plans in line with current developments and changes to prepare for the hosting of the much-awaited global event that will bring together thinkers and go-getters from all over the world, showcasing new innovations and distinctive achievements. This challenge that we are navigating today will make the Expo an all-inclusive international forum to address common challenges and find solutions in the spirit of international cooperation, solidarity and preparedness for the future.”
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