Supreme Committee to Supervise District 2020

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The new Supreme Committee to Supervise the Expo 2020 Dubai District will be chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued a new decree forming the Supreme Committee to Supervise the Expo 2020 Dubai District.

The new Committee will be chaired by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued another Decree extending the terms of the Expo 2020 Dubai Preparatory Committee, and the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and its Director General by six months, starting from the effective date of the Decree. Their terms can be extended for similar periods.

The two decrees are effective from the date of their issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

Members of the Supreme Committee to Supervise the Expo 2020 Dubai District include Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Saleh, and Helal Saeed Al Marri. The term of the new Committee is three years.

The Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai can extend the term of the Committee, based on a recommendation of the Chairman of the Committee.

The main roles and functions of the Supreme Committee include developing the general policy for the Expo 2020 Dubai District’s development and supervising the implementation, governance and development of all projects, initiatives, programmes and activities within the District.

The new Committee is also tasked with overseeing the creation and implementation of plans for the area’s development in coordination with relevant authorities and ensuring their alignment with Dubai Government’s priorities and objectives.

Furthermore, the Supreme Committee will supervise the rehabilitation of the Expo 2020 Dubai District’s infrastructure and the provision of investment opportunities in the area in partnership with the private sector. The Committee will also approve local and global promotional and marketing activities for the area in coordination with relevant authorities.

As per the Decree, an administrative and executive body will be created to provide administrative and technical support to the Supreme Committee and the sub-committees and work teams formed by it.

The Decree requires all government agencies and authorities involved in the development of the Expo 2020 Dubai District to cooperate with the Supreme Committee, and its sub-committees and work teams. They are obligated to provide data, information, statistics, documents and studies necessary for fulfilling the Committee’s roles and functions.

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The Chairman of the Supreme Committee will issue the decisions necessary to implement the provisions of the new Decree.

As per Decree No. (16) of 2022, the Expo 2020 Dubai Preparatory Committee formed by Decree No. (49) of 2013, the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau established by Decree No. 30 of 2014, and the Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau appointed pursuant to Decree No. (31) of 2014, will continue to exercise their roles and functions for a period of six months from the effective date of the Decree.

These terms can be extended for similar periods by the Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai based on the recommendation of the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee.

District 2020 to hot 85 start-ups

 District 2020’s global entrepreneurship programme, ‘Scale2Dubai’, will welcome a first cohort of 85 start-ups and small businesses before the end of this year, joining the diverse organisations living and working in the post-Expo 2020 Dubai community.

This marks a significant milestone in the realisation of the future plans for the Expo 2020 Dubai site and the lasting impacts it aims to have.

80 percent of Expo-built structures will be reimagined and reworked to create a mixed-use, flexible environment where people can live, work and explore, and a hub for global tech innovation with the first business tenants, is set to take up their places from the fourth quarter of 2022.

District 2020 seeks to play a role in enabling regional and global start-ups to scale up within Dubai, providing an ideal launchpad and gateway to access the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. By enabling start-ups and small businesses through its Scale2Dubai programme, District 2020 builds on Expo 2020 Dubai’s efforts to fund and empower innovating budding businesses, with the potential to create long-term positive economic and social impacts.