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DUBAI, 02 December 2021. Jubilee Celebrations in Volunteer Break Areas, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Steve Holland/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Dubai: UAE telecommunications company Etisalat is launching a ‘Thank You’ campaign in honour of the 30,000 volunteers who helped make Expo 2020 Dubai a reality.

The campaign will feature a special message from Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, recognising the volunteers’ efforts, as well as messages from Etisalat and Dubai Police.

The ‘Thank you’ campaign will be launched on social media platforms, print media and billboards around the UAE. Etisalat is the official premier partner of Expo 2020 Volunteers and Telecommunications Services Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai

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DUBAI, 28 November 2021. A volunteer at Jubilee Park, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Christophe Viseux/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Inspiring millions of visitors

Al Hashimy said: “Expo volunteers have impacted and inspired millions of visitors and brought Expo 2020 Dubai to life. Each and every volunteer is a hero, epitomising the programme’s core values of respect, commitment, integrity, knowledge and enthusiasm, and the UAE is incredibly proud to have brought a group of devoted and outstanding individuals together for this once-in-a-lifetime global event.” A total of 30,000 people from across the country – UAE nationals and expatriates – volunteered to bring to life the first World Expo held in the region, making it the largest volunteer programme in the UAE. Each volunteer has been invited to the Volunteers End of Event Celebration on March 27, where their achievements will be recognised by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Al Hashimy.

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DUBAI, 18 October 2021. Volunteers help visitors at Expo 2020, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Omar Marques/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Continuing legacy

As part of its legacy, Expo 2020 Dubai will sign a memorandum of understanding with the UAE Ministry of Tolerance to keep the country’s largest volunteer programme alive and thriving.

Sagarnath Reddy, a volunteer, said: “Expo2020 Dubai showed the world that miracles can happen when people connect, collaborate and come together. What we have built here is more than extraordinary, it is a powerhouse of imagination, a thought factory. We will realise the true success of Expo2020 Dubai in the years to come when the future doctors, engineers and astronauts start writing their success stories by saying ‘It was in Dubai when I first visited Expo2020 Dubai…’.”

Fellow Expo 2020 volunteer Jaykrishna Chingichamveetil added: “Over 500 hours of volunteering at Expo 2020 Dubai and still can’t get enough! Expo 2020 Dubai is truly the greatest show on Earth.”