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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 August 2018

Norway to bring maritime expertise to Expo 2020 Dubai

Research in ocean industries will be the country’s theme

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, receives a letter confirming Norway's participation in Expo 2020 from Jens Eikaas, Norway’s Ambassador to the UAE. Courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, receives a letter confirming Norway's participation in Expo 2020 from Jens Eikaas, Norway’s Ambassador to the UAE. Courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai

Norway will showcase its latest oil and gas, maritime and seafood developments in oil during Expo 2020 Dubai.

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg confirmed the country’s participation in the world fair in a letter delivered by Jens Eikaas, Norway’s Ambassador to the UAE, to Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation and director general of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.

Under the theme, ‘Pioneers of the ocean space’, Norway will present its research and share how it manages its ocean industries, that account for about 70 per cent of the country’s total export revenues.

“Like the UAE, Norway is a country that understands the value of the world’s oceans and the need to protect them so we are excited to see the ideas and innovations that they will bring to Expo and the world in 2020,” Ms Al Hashimy said.

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Ocean industries are expected to provide more than 40 million jobs by 2030 in sectors including offshore wind energy, fishing, tourism, shipping and port operations, according to estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Bilateral trade between Norway and the UAE was at Dh898.6 million in 2016. Norway’s top exports include petroleum and gas, fresh fish and aluminium. More than 100 Norwegian companies are based in the UAE from oil and gas, shipping, consultancy and chemicals.

The world fair will promote further collaboration between the two countries in tourism, education, trade and entrepreneurship.

“Expo 2020 is not only a gateway to the UAE and the region, but also an opportunity to gain access to markets across Africa and South Asia that are particularly relevant for our expertise in areas including oil and gas, maritime, renewable energy and environmental technology,” Mr Eikaas said.

More than 170 countries are expected to participate in the world fair that will run for six months from October 2020 with 70 per cent visitors anticipated from outside the UAE.

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