Dubai is going to organize Expo 2020 through its ‘Hayyakum’ initiative. Millions of visitors are expected to come from all around the world and a young Emirati trio is ready to welcome them. ‘Hayyakum’ – is the traditional Emirati greeting. nine-year-old Hamdan Sultan Al Subousi and Elyazia Al Rumaithi along with 12-year-old Abdullah Farhan Al Marzooqi have developed a campaign to welcome the world to the UAE.
The children visited Expo 2020 to present their idea to Reem Al Hashimi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.
The initiative aims to bring together UAE citizens and foreigners to contribute to the success of the first ever World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.
Hamdan Al-Subousi said, “I already talk to my friends at school about Expo 2020, so I thought it would be even better to talk to the rest of the world as well. I speak several languages so I think I can welcome people from different countries and help make this the best World Expo in history.”
Abdullah Al Marzoogi added: “I follow Expo news closely and cannot wait until 2020 to welcome the world and say ‘hayyakum’ to everyone. I would like to introduce people from all over the world to Expo and talk to them about our country — it’s past, present and future.”
Elyazia Al Rumaithi stated, “I am glad to see Expo 2020 supporting the ideas of the younger generation. I hope our initiative will reach everyone in the Emirates. I will ask my family and friends to welcome guests to the UAE and I hope to see all UAE residents involved with us in this initiative.”

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