Dubai: Two senior officials have expressed their optimism for Dubai’s bid for the World Expo 2020. The emirate is one of the bidding cities for the landmark event.

Maintaining that the submission had more than a strong chance of being recognised by the panel, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, told Gulf News: “A successful bid for the Expo would infuse the local economy with new energy in the coming years. We expect that the event will trigger significant employment generation as well as trade and investment opportunities.”

Hilal Saeed Al Merri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of the Dubai World Trade Centre, said, “The bid’s sub-themes are Sustainability: intelligent sources of energy and water; Opportunity: new paths of economic development, and Mobility: new systems of logistics and transportation."

"As these sub-themes are globally relevant, Expo 2020 in Dubai will explore the drivers of growth and aim to find solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges through discussion, innovation and collaboration," Al Merri said.