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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Search begins for Expo 2020 volunteers to welcome the world to Dubai

Organisers need 30,000 people to help host six months of events

Spending on Dubai Expo 2020 is forecast to stimulate the UAE's economy in 2018 and beyond. Expo 2020
Spending on Dubai Expo 2020 is forecast to stimulate the UAE's economy in 2018 and beyond. Expo 2020

The search has begun for 30,000 volunteers for Expo 2020 Dubai who will be the face of the largest global gathering to be staged in the Middle East, organisers said on Tuesday.

Volunteers will be a crucial part of the six-month event, which organisers estimate will draw in 25 million visits, of which some 70 per cent will be from outside the UAE.

The registration portal to join the Expo 2020 Dubai Volunteers Programme – volunteers.ae/expo2020 – will launch on 20 October at an event to celebrate the Three Years To Go mark, held at The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence.

The registration portal will be run in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development and Emirates Foundation.

While the doors open on 20 October 2020, preparations for Expo are already underway.

UAE-based adult volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds have the opportunity to be involved.

There will be some 45 different volunteering roles, from welcoming guests and guiding them around the Expo districts to managing events.

Organisers said there will be more than 16 million volunteering hours across 173 days. Volunteers will gain hands-on experience, exposure and work-ready skills as they help to put on one of the world’s largest events.

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“Expo 2020 is a global event for everyone to learn, innovate, create, and have fun by sharing ideas and working together and we are proud to include opportunities for more than 30,000 volunteers from any age, nationality or background, reflecting the diversity of our Expo and our nation," said Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau.

“Youth are at the core of Expo 2020 and volunteering with us will be an incredible opportunity for them. We already have many on board and they have had the exciting opportunity to represent Expo 2020 and the UAE at Expos in Astana and Milan, as well as events held in Dubai, such as the launch of District 2020 at Cityscape.

“We have created strategic roles to ensure volunteers get the best out of their experience, including skills that they can go on to use in the workplace or in their daily lives. They will be ‘face’ of the event since most of our visitors will have an initial contact to Expo through meeting a volunteer.

“We look forward to welcoming anyone who wants to connect with fellow volunteers from around the world and gain an experience of a lifetime.”

Organisers said Expo 2020 Dubai will 'celebration of human ingenuity' around the theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future built on three pillars: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

To find out more about the opportunity to volunteer visit www.volunteers.ae/expo2020.

Information will also be available at Expo’s Three Years To Go celebration at The Beach, JBR, on 20 October.

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