UPS and Expo 2020 Dubai: Ready to Deliver Unforgettable Experiences

World-class expos can’t happen without world-class logistics.

Hosting a global celebration of innovation and creativity, such as Expo 2020 Dubai, comes with a complex set of supply and logistics requirements.

Huge amounts of goods and supplies of all kinds need to be delivered from around the world to Dubai every day for the six-month duration of the Expo, from October 2020 to April 2021.

That is in addition to the requirements for the build-up stage right before and the dismantling stage after the event.

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Expo 2020 requires 500,000 meals a day, 2 million hours of logistics activity and 1,000 logistics personnel.

We are expecting millions of visitors – hundreds of thousands on any one day – as well as more than 200 participating nations, partners, corporations and organizations.

The figures are colossal – 500,000 meals a day, 2 million hours of venue logistics activity and 1,000 logistics personnel are used during the Expo.

Connecting minds, creating the future

So it is vital that we have a logistics partner that can handle such a demanding challenge and also play a key part in delivering our theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

UPS is that partner.

The company has more than 100 years of experience in the industry. It is the largest express carrier and package delivery firm in the world, delivering 4.9 billion packages and documents in 2016. That is an incredible number.

Equally as important, UPS also has a successful track record of delivery at the biggest global events, including the 2012 Olympics in London and the preceding Games in Beijing in 2008. This experience will be invaluable not only during the Expo but as we build up to it and during the legacy phase.

UPS will provide a dedicated logistics operation of more than 25,000 square meters of warehouse space – equivalent to almost four soccer fields – for Expo 2020 Dubai.

As the first world expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, this is an incredible opportunity for UPS to showcase its capabilities in the heart of this bustling region.

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There is more to this partnership than facts and figures.

Since its foundation in 1971, the UAE has emerged as a major logistics hub. The country is home to one of the world’s busiest international airports – Dubai International – as well as the port of Jebel Ali, the largest container port outside the Far East.

Shared values

There is more to this partnership than facts and figures. Our partnership with UPS is also inspired by our shared values.

Expo 2020 Dubai is a chance to provide a platform to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration globally. It will be a festival of ingenuity that gives people a glimpse into the future, guided by its three pillars: opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

UPS’s mission is enabling commerce around the globe, which echoes our strategic thematic pillars of mobility and opportunity.

At Expo 2020 Dubai, we view mobility as the movement of people, goods and ideas by providing easier access to knowledge, markets and innovation. It is a vital bridge to opportunity, which is enabling people and communities to become successful contributors to the future.

Of course, UPS is also aligned with another of Expo 2020 Dubai’s pillars – sustainability, which guides how we grow opportunity by doing more with less, while protecting and preserving our resources and the environment for future generations.

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At Expo 2020, there will be something for everybody – no matter their interests.

As one of the world’s largest companies, UPS is committed to investing in sustainable initiatives.

Examples of its projects include solar power at facilities in the U.S. and hybrid and electric vehicles throughout its fleet.

We believe that by working together – and with the many other stakeholders involved in Expo 2020 Dubai – we can find solutions to some of the most pressing issues in the world today.

Of course, we will also work together with UPS to ensure that Expo 2020 Dubai is as enjoyable as it is inspirational.

There will be something for everybody no matter their interests, brought to them by countries and organizations from every corner of the world.

We will ensure Expo 2020 Dubai is an unforgettable experience for millions. We look forward to creating the future with UPS, and hopefully, leaving our mark on history.


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Manal AlBayat is Senior Vice President of Business Development and Integration at Expo 2020 Dubai.

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