x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Dubai’s welcoming nature is perfect for Expo 2020

Dubai has evolved rapidly in the past 10 years, and changes could be even faster should the city win the right to host Expo 2020.

Dr Hesham Al Suwaidi says Dubai’s rocketing development is set to move at an even faster rate if the Expo bid succeeds. Clint McLean for The National
Dr Hesham Al Suwaidi says Dubai’s rocketing development is set to move at an even faster rate if the Expo bid succeeds. Clint McLean for The National

DUBAI // Hesham Al Suwaidi has seen Dubai evolve rapidly over the past 10 years, and says the rate of change could be even faster should the city win the right to host Expo 2020.

Dr Al Suwaidi, 38, an Emirati who lives in Dubai and works in Sharjah, believes the UAE’s culture of hospitality makes it the perfect place to host the expo.

“We are a welcoming nation and we hope to have this opportunity to welcome people here,” he said.

“Dubai is the best place to host it, there’s no doubt about it. We’re capable of doing anything we set out to do.

“The city is changing all the time. Dubai two years ago is not the same as Dubai now.

“It’s always changing, and always evolving. The opportunity of having Expo 2020 here will definitely make that rate of development faster, and make it bigger.”

Dr Al Suwaidi said the Government had major plans to add to existing infrastructure, including extending the Red Line on the Metro.

Those projects would undoubtedly go ahead, he said, but gaining the expo could speed things along.

“Whether we host the Expo 2020 or not, Dubai will change and improve,” Dr Al Suwaidi said.

“We are going in this direction if we get the Expo 2020 or not. But winning the bid will make all the projects go even faster.”

mcroucher@thenational.ae