Dubai to offer incentives to Expo exhibitors

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Tax breaks, fast track immigration and specialised visas will all be offered to exhibitors at Dubai’s Expo 2020.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee, said Dubai will have a multinational team to serve as a single point of contact for participants.

He said the team will ensure diplomatic status for senior participant staff, visas, fast-track immigration lanes, and duty and tax exemptions..

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In an interview with Oxford Business Group, Sheikh Ahmed said Dubai “has a strong track record of hosting major international events”, adding that Dubai Expo 2020 aims to attract 25 million visitors, with 17 million of those coming from overseas.

“We want participants to see themselves as active contributors and direct beneficiaries of the event. With this in mind, we are creating an ecosystem for participants to connect with other participants and audiences during the six-month-long event, as well as long into the future after it is over.

“Investment from countries and corporations in their expo participation is often significant and it is critical that we provide an after-use plan for some of their assets where possible.”

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