Expo 2020’s Thrive Together business programme to offer enhanced opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing and growth

Expo 2020’s Thrive Together business programme to offer enhanced opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing and growth

  • World-class calendar of business events includesthree Global Business Forums
  • Business Connect Centre and AI-powered B2B app will fuel business connectivity
  • Programme tofoster sustainable partnerships for a more resilient global economy

DUBAI, 11 August 2021 – Expo 2020 has announced the launch of Thrive Together – a dedicated, business-focused programme offering a range of curated networking, knowledge-sharing and thought-leadership events, as well as tailored products and services that will enable visitors and participants to explore new business opportunities, form impactfulpartnerships and collaborate towards sustainedeconomic prosperity in the UAE, the region and beyond.

Nadia Verjee, Chief of Staff, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As one of the first mega-events to take place since the beginning of the pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai will be an important milestonefor the global business community. It represents an unprecedented opportunity for businesses of all sizes, including SMEs and start-ups, as well as international organisations and government entities from across the world to come together to foster a more diversified, equitable and resilient global economy, and enable robust business connectivity and sustainable economic growth.

“Whether you are a homegrown UAE-based business looking to expand, a budding entrepreneur wanting to share your ideas and build your network, or an overseas company looking to enter some of the region’s high growth markets for the first time, Thrive Together will enable you to unlock new opportunities, as together we reach a critical juncture in reimagining the global economy.”

Hassan Al Hashemi, Vice President, International Relations, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: ‘Dubai Chamber is committed to representing and supporting the interests of businesses in Dubai, while exploring new ways to meet the changing needs of the emirate’s fast-growing and dynamic business community as we navigate the pandemic era.

“As Expo’s Official Business Integrator, we are pleased to be part of thewide-ranging Thrive Together programme, which we believe will be a powerful catalyst for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, addressing key challenges affecting business growth, attracting international companies to Dubai and facilitating collaboration across sectors and geographies. This will create an immediate and long-lasting impact for Dubai, and ripple across the UAE, wider region and beyond.”

Created specifically for the business community, both domestic and international, the Thrive Together programme will include a number of Thematic Business Forums, delivered in collaboration with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These events will highlight emerging business opportunities,cutting-edge technologies, and serve as a platform to connect, create and innovate.They will also accelerate private sector progressacrosscurrent global challenges including climate change andbiodiversity, space, and knowledge andlearning.

Three Global Business Forums (GBFs), including the first edition of Global Business Forum ASEAN, will take place at the world-class Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo 2020 Dubai.These GBFs will welcomeprominent speakers, leading decision-makers and industry experts to explore business synergies and address obstacles to growth, driving trade and investment and fostering economic development. Meanwhile, Country Business Briefings will enable each of Expo’s participants to leverage the presence of their heads of state or government, as well as their business leaders, to showcase their country-specific business and investment opportunities to a global audience.

Products and services offered as part of Thrive Together include an AI-powered app, facilitating meaningful B2B, B2G and G2G interactionsacross geographies and industries, suggesting potential matches for users based on their profiles, expertise, objectives and interaction patterns.An easily accessible Business Calendar will be updated daily ,and carry the latest information on inbound business delegations,and allbusiness events taking place across the Expo site, including in DEC, International Participants’ pavilions, and the Expo 2020 Business Connect Centre. Sitting at the heart of the Expo site, adjacent to the iconic Al Wasl Plaza, the Business Connect Centre will house chambers of commerce and trade entities from across the region, representing more than one million companies, as well as investment houses and venture capitalists.

In addition to the Expo 2020 tickets launched last month, an enhanced ticket package has been created with business-focused visitors in mind. The Premium Experience Season Pass will offer additional opportunities for networking and add-on services to assure a seamless visitor experience, including complimentary enhanced access to the Expo B2B App, a dedicated concierge, entry to an exclusive Premium Lounge,priority access to a number of networking and thought leadership events, including the ten Thematic Business Forums, guided tours and F&B discounts. Priced at AED 1,750, the Premium Experience ticket allows unlimited visits across the six months of the event, including fast track entry, and will shortly be available at www.expo2020dubai.com/tickets andthrough Expo’s network of business stakeholders.

The programme builds on the UAE’s reputation for facilitating business and trade, with world-class infrastructure, business-friendly regulatory frameworks and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. It also leverages the connecting power of Expo 2020 Dubai, which will bring together 191 nations, as well as multilateral organisations, academic institutions and millions of visitors to inspire meaningful change and create a brighter future for all.

Taking place across 182 consecutive days, Expo 2020 Dubai is dedicated to bringing together people, communities and nations to build bridges, inspire action and deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges, reflecting the UAE’s commitment to building a cleaner, safer, healthier future for everyone.


About Expo 2020 Dubai

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

  • With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges
  • Expo 2020 will be the biggest cultural gathering in the world, presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
  • Expo 2020’s subthemes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
  • For six months, Expo 2020 will be a must-visit family destination, with thousands of events, amazing exploratory experiences, and free entry for children up to age 18
  • Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts
  • Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South
  • Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – a model global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors

How to cover Expo 2020 Dubai in person at event time or report on the event remotely

To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited.

To kick off your journey with Expo 2020, please ensure that you:

1.            Register to access our Media Information System, Tawassul at https://media.expo2020dubai.com.

Tawassul is regularly updated, providing the latest content assets, including press releases, photographs, audio and video, the electronic media kit, and information on broadcast and photography operations. It also provides you with important information and updates on facilities and services such as media accreditation, visa information for international accredited media, and permits. Access to other media-related systems (Media Asset Management System and Media Bookings System), which will be launched in Q2 2021, will only be permitted to accredited media (see below). Information about these systems can be found on Tawassul.

2.            Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest.

Within this expression of interest, please appoint an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) from within your organisation who will act as the single point of contact with Expo 2020 for media accreditation. Following this, approved media organisations will be provided login details and instructions for the accreditation system to enable them to submit applications.

For support, contact Expo 2020 Dubai’s Media Services team at media.services@expo2020.ae or +971 (0)56 689 2101.

Visit: www.expo2020dubai.com

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About World Expos

In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment.

World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.

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