Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates airline, Chief Executive of the Emirates Group and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, presided over the committee’s meeting at the Dubai World Financial Centre. Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Minister of State; Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness The Ruler’s Court of Dubai and Deputy Chairman of the committee; Ahmed Abdullah Al Shaikh, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office and Chairman of Falcon and Associates; and Hilal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of the Dubai World Trade Centre, were in attendance. This comes in preparation for the meeting of the executive office of the Bureau International des Expositions, or BIE, scheduled to be held next Thursday in Paris. The Higher Committee meeting discussed a number of issues related to the dossier which will be presented during the Paris meeting describing Dubai’s potentials and preparedness to host Expo 2020 as well as the steps that have been taken to meet the international requirements set by the executive office of the BIE for contesting countries. Al Hashimi would review the report before presenting it to the executive office of the Exhibition Bureau. The report includes a detailed explanation with photos on the state’s preparations for hosting the event making UAE the first country to host Expo 2020 in the Middle East and Africa.