All Hands on Deck for Expo 2020 Dubai
As the official logistics partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, UPS is an important player in the lead-up to the event. Like other world expositions, Expo 2020 will bring together visitors from all parts of the world to share solutions to global challenges. And like past expos, Dubai is planning for an unforgettable experience with hundreds of new buildings, events, and attractions for visitors to enjoy. While we have expertise managing logistics for mega-events like the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, the six-month-long Expo 2020 will be an effort unlike any other.
Such an undertaking requires years of planning and continued flexibility. UPS and Expo 2020 Dubai announced our partnership in 2017, and we have been handling deliveries and making preparations ever since. Despite the postponement of Expo 2020 to October 2021 due to coronavirus concerns, our commitment to deliver a sustainable Expo remains top priority. We have increased our capacity, technology, and staff capabilities to serve customers shipping to and through Dubai. This expanded presence will remain after the Expo concludes, allowing UPS to support commerce and trade in this fast-growing region.
Sustainability and mobility are two important pillars of Expo 2020. UPS is applying our decades of expertise in sustainable logistics to manage and mitigate the environmental impacts of the Expo. We are operating zero-emissions solutions such as our e-assist quad cycles and tricycles, which are charged by advanced infrastructure that we developed and deployed through smart-grid solar partnerships. All on-site UPS delivery trucks are equipped with telematics, which provides visibility into vehicle performance and enables more control and efficiency across the fleet. Any remaining emissions generated by the Expo can be offset through UPS’s carbon neutral shipping solution.
The Expo has set goals for water and waste reduction, use of sustainable building materials, and preservation of 80 percent of permanent construction after the Expo ends. This means that the infrastructure development UPS has supported for the Expo will benefit Dubai residents and visitors long into the future.