Dubai: The City of the Future

At Expo 2020 Dubai, a pipeline for innovation, as well as economic and social development, takes center stage.

Mark Vale | UPS

Imagine a world not restricted by borders. This world is connected virtually through information technology and physically through trade lanes and supply chains.

In this world, free trade brings people and organizations closer together and allows them to work together to tackle global challenges.

Click to hear about UPS’s exciting new role as the Official Logistics Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai.

This arrangement ushers in new ideas, new breakthroughs and stretches the limits of what’s possible, creating businesses and jobs along the way

This isn’t some pipedream. This is a future already on display in Dubai.

It starts in Dubai

You’ve probably heard some intriguing stories about Dubai, one of the world’s tourist hotspots. It has some of the world’s tallest and largest buildings, including the tallest hotel, biggest mall and second largest, man-made marina.

Last year, Dubai welcomed more than 15 million visitors, rivaling some of the most beloved tourist destinations, including London and Paris.

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The New Silk Road spans 65 nations, 70 percent of the global population and 40 percent of worldwide GDP.

That’s why some refer to Dubai as the center of the world.

It’s located within an eight-hour flight from two-thirds of all people around the world.

It is the world’s leading melting pot, with nearly nine out of 10 people foreign-born – 50 percent higher than New York’s expat population.

Dubai is now one of the six cities in the world deemed a major hub across all categories of classification – goods, services, finance, people and data.

Dubai isn’t trying to replicate every other great global city of the past. It’s eschewing traditional pursuits in favor of sophistication and global connectivity.

This makes it the ideal location to host the Expo 2020 Dubai, a festival of human ingenuity designed to showcase our greatest collective achievements.

The event’s theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, brings together more than 180 participating countries and millions of visitors to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration that will shape the years ahead.

Expo 2020 Dubai

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the world’s main trading hubs, creating opportunity for companies looking to expand globally.

Dubai occupies a unique place on the world map as an inter-regional gateway that connects to the New Silk Road, an emerging network of enhanced transportation routes from China to Europe.

The New Silk Road spans 65 nations, 70 percent of the global population and 40 percent of worldwide GDP.

This provides an opportunity to recast the concept of modern trade in and with emerging markets through Dubai, a strategic point in the New Silk Road – and a modern hub for innovation and global commerce.

Partnership with UPS

UPS, like Dubai, is also in the business of connections. We facilitate more than 5 billion connections across more than 220 countries and territories.

Our smart logistics network comprised of drones, automated warehouses and alternative fuel vehicles enables the seamless movement of goods and services.

Our network is always evolving along with our customers.

That’s why UPS was selected to be the Official Logistics Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Through this partnership, we will we will add a new, state-of-the-art warehouse stocked with our latest technology, along with about 50 additional delivery vehicles and an additional 1,000 employees. 

Having partnered with the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, UPS is experienced in handling events with similar logistics challenges.

We will use this new infrastructure in support of Expo 2020 as a platform for expanding our capabilities to customers throughout this region.

Our mission is to show them the growth opportunity and connectivity embodied in Dubai as a major global port, long after the Expo ends.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be a springboard for economic and social development.

It will be transformational for Dubai, as well as UPS.

That’s because it really is the center of the world.  goldbrown2

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Mark Vale is President of Growth and Emerging Markets at UPS.

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