Sheikh Mohammed rides a bike at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, went on a bike tour of the Expo 2020 Dubai site on Sunday evening.
The Dubai Media Office shared pictures on Twitter. The photos show Sheikh Mohammed with his entourage pedaling his way to different pavilions and landmarks.
The media office tweet, “HHShkMohd goes on a bike tour of @Expo2020Dubai, as the world eagerly awaits the launch of the mega-event next month.”
The Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, and is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.
The Expo 2020 Dubai would transform the UAE’s economic landscape as the mega event is expected to contribute to promoting tourism as well as commercial and real estate activity in various parts of the country.
The Expo 2020 is a long-term investment in the future of the UAE. Expo has a pattern of positively impacting the GDP of the host country.
There is expected to be an influx of overseas visitors, which will greatly benefit and revive the hospitality and tourism industries in the region.
Speaking on the occasion, His Highness said the UAE’s journey towards sustainable development is backed by quality projects and an infrastructure that is globally acclaimed for its efficiency and reliability.
“We will celebrate the accomplishments of the last 50 years. Thanks to the efforts of UAE citizens and residents, as well as all those who have contributed to its success and prosperity, Expo 2020 will mark the start of new 50-year phase of leadership and achievements.”
In 100 days, the UAE will be the first country in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to host a World Expo in the largest global gathering since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a recent study by PayFort, the GCC’s online retail revenues are expected to reach $69 billion by 2020. “The UAE leads the way regionally in terms of online sales, with 62 percent of citizens now shopping online, and annual sales expected to reach US$23.7 billion by 2022.” This was stated by Mauro Romano, CEO, ArabClicks, during an exclusive interview with Gulf Today.
The case dates back to last February, when reliable information was forwarded to the Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police about a person consuming narcotics and psychotropic substances and possessing a quantity of them in his house in the Palm Island area in Dubai.
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