Expo 2012 Yeosu award provides strong catalyst for Expo 2020 Fun & Games August 16, 20120 _: On preparations to rally international support for UAE’s bid to host Expo 2020, Al Hashimy said ” I’m optimistic of winning the bid”. She affirmed that ” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has injected hope on us for hosting the Expo 2020. Potentials and credentials the UAE boasts of, qualify it to compete for staging the world’s largest exposition.” ”International voting will definitely enhance the UAE’s position globally and this fits the UAE vision 2021.” The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai ”Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, she added carries our long-held belief that road to a bright future rests on our ability to positive interaction and constructive partnership. Spearheaded by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Higher Committee on Hosting the World Expo 2020 will participate in five events of the General Assembly of the BIE in Paris starting from November 2012 up to November 2013, when 60 member states will vote to select the host nation for the Expo She disclosed that a high-level team from the Paris-based BIE will visit the UAE in February and March 2013 to view the infrastructure in Dubai on reality and make sure that Dubai is well-prepared to host the world’s largest expo. Additionally, she said, 200 representatives from the 160 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will visit the UAE ahead of final vote to view facilities and services available in the UAE and Dubai in particular.