Shell has announced its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai following an agreement with the United Kingdom pavilion.
Set to open from October this year to April 2022, Expo 2020 will feature 190 participating countries and is expected to host millions of visitors in a cultural celebration of the United Arab Emirates and its place in the modern world. Expo 2020 includes themes exploring the future of climate change and biodiversity and features Terra, the Sustainability pavilion which shows how we can change our everyday choices to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
Shell’s participation as a supporting partner of the UK pavilion is a natural fit for both Shell and the UAE due to its Anglo-Dutch heritage and its more than 80 years of history in the UAE.
During the six-month event, Shell aims to inspire visitors through diverse talks and workshops about the crucial role of more and cleaner energy in the modern world. These will include insights into the Shell Scenarios – possible visions of the future which it has developed for decades – and its educational initiatives to help young people gain important new skills through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between the UK Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP and Ali Al Janabi, Country Chair of Shell in the UAE during the Minister’s visit to the country in March this year.
Al Janabi said: “Shell has been committed to the UAE for more than 80 years, our participation in Expo is a natural extension of that partnership and we are excited to be part of the region’s largest exhibition. Expo is a place to share knowledge and great human milestones and we will proudly showcase our contribution to connecting minds and making the future.”
Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP, said: “As the world recovers from the pandemic, it is essential that the UK works with countries across the world to create new job opportunities and sustainable industries as part of a cleaner, greener future, delivering on the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan.
“Shell’s participation at Expo 2020 will demonstrate to global leaders the importance of investing in and committing to ambitious climate action and a green economic recovery, and I look forward to working with Shell and other companies as we look to build back greener from the impacts of Covid-19”.
Shell UAE will also be a national partner of the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.