Thrive Together: Expo 2020 announces new events

Expo 2020 Dubai, now scheduled to open on 1 October 2021, has announced the launch of Thrive Together, a business-focused programme designed to offer a range of networking, knowledge-sharing, and thought-leadership events.

Products and services offered as part of Thrive Together also include an AI-powered app, aimed to facilitate meaningful B2B, B2G and G2G interactions across geographies and industries. This is done through the suggestion of potential matches for users based on their profiles, expertise, objectives, and interaction patterns.

The Thrive Together programme will also include several Thematic Business Forums, events intended to highlight emerging business opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, and to serve as a platform to connect, create, and innovate.

Nadia Verjee, chief of staff at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Whether you are a homegrown UAE-based business looking to expand, a budding entrepreneur wanting to share your ideas and build your network, or an overseas company looking to enter some of the region’s high growth markets for the first time, Thrive Together will enable you to unlock new opportunities, as together we reach a critical juncture in reimagining the global economy.”

Three Global Business Forums (GBFs), including the first edition of Global Business Forum ASEAN, will also take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), the largest venue at Expo 2020 Dubai. These GBFs will welcome prominent speakers, decision-makers, and industry experts to explore business synergies and address obstacles to growth, driving trade and investment and fostering economic development.

Hassan Al Hashemi, vice-president of international relations at Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commented: "As Expo’s Official Business Integrator, we are pleased to be part of the wide-ranging Thrive Together programme, which we believe will be a powerful catalyst for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, addressing key challenges affecting business growth, attracting international companies to Dubai and facilitating collaboration across sectors and geographies.”

Dubai Tourism has also clarified that the Dubai World Trade Centre is set to operate the DEC. This will increase the emirate’s indoor exhibition capacity by 45%.