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As Expo 2020 nears launch, here’s a look at unique services on offer

Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 25 million visits after it launches on October 1, 2021. During the event, these visitors will enjoy a plethora of services, some of which are explored here

District 2020 - as the site will be known after Expo 2020 - will retain more than 80% of the infrastructure More than 300 retailers at Expo 2020 Dubai are set to process an expected 400,000-500,000 daily transactions Staybridge Suites was found to be the right choice for delegations from Norway, Czech Republic, and Romania

Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 25 million visits after it launches on October 1, 2021, and create huge tangible and intangible economic benefits for the emirate and the wider region, with new and expanded infrastructure serving business communities and societies for the long-term, says Shukri Eid, Managing Director, Gulf Region, Cisco.

“District 2020 – as the site will be known after Expo 2020 – will retain more than 80% of the infrastructure built as it transitions into a human-centric mixed-use and fully integrated community for businesses, residents, and tourists alike. As a ‘city of firsts’, District 2020 will become a global hub for innovation. Job creation is another aspect of Expo 2020 legacy, not only for the sake of the event itself, but also to benefit Dubai, the UAE, and the wider region for years to come,” said Eid.

Cisco was appointed as the Official Digital Network Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai back in 2018.  

Emirates NBD and Mastercard join hands

Premier Partner and the Official Banking Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirates NBD Group, a leading banking group in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey) region, has joined hands with Mastercard, the Official Payment Technology Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, to create two exclusive new card programs: Emirates NBD Expo Mastercard Prepaid Card and the Emirates Islamic Expo Mastercard Credit Card.

Both cards are underpinned by Mastercard’s secure technology and will be equipped with contactless capabilities for touch-free and seamless transactions.

Emirates NBD Expo Mastercard Prepaid Card

The Emirates NBD Expo Mastercard Prepaid Card is a digital-first offering, issued via a dedicated mobile App, Joyn, from Emirates NBD.  

The benefits will merge a specially curated selection of offers from Emirates NBD’s Bon Appétit, LiveWell, and Good Times programs, as well as offers from Mastercard’s Priceless Platform, creating a rewarding experience that opens opportunities across the UAE.

The card will provide access to privileges, deals, and discounts of up to 50% at more than 2,000 shopping, dining, wellness, and entertainment touchpoints, as well as access to exclusive Expo-related offers.  

Emirates Islamic Expo Mastercard Credit Card

As the Official Islamic Banking Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirates Islamic, part of the Emirates NBD Group, along with Mastercard and Expo 2020 Dubai, have unveiled an exclusive, limited-edition free-for-life co-branded Mastercard World Credit Card that rewards UAE residents with exclusive privileges during the iconic event.

Cardholders can earn up to 3 Emirates Islamic SmartMiles for every 1 dirham spent, 50% cashback on their first Expo 2020 Dubai ticket transaction, and access to exclusive travel, hotels, and lifestyle privileges offered by Mastercard.

Other benefits include 10% cashback on fuel, complimentary valet parking service at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, complimentary golf sessions, exclusive dining offers, and access to more than 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. Customers can enjoy the flexibility to instantly redeem their Emirates Islamic SmartMiles for flights, hotels, and retail transactions anywhere in the world.

Customers can also earn 200 dirhams statement credit and up to 5,500 Upoints as a welcome bonus when they apply for the card.  

 SAP point of sale solutions

More than 300 retailers at Expo 2020 Dubai are set to process an expected 400,000-500,000 daily transactions, using a point-of-sale solution developed by SAP, the mega-event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner.

Participants and retailers across catering, food and beverage, and merchandise will use the SAP Customer Checkout solution to gain real-time insights across more than 1,200 points-of-sale terminals. The data from the points of sale will be integrated with the financial and operational data from the SAP S/4HANA business suite, with results available in real-time.

Participants and retailers can centrally monitor the points of sale, and retailers can manage coupons that visitors can redeem across channels.

The SAP Customer Checkout solution covers all product selection, discounts, returns, tax calculations, multiple payment options, loyalty management, and day-end closing.

Making room at the Staybridge Suites 

Staybridge Suites Dubai Al Maktoum Airport, the residential-style hotel in Dubai South, will host three country delegations.

Staybridge Suites is suitably located near Expo Dubai 2020 and was found to be the right choice for delegations for Norway, the Czech Republic, and Romania for the 6 months-long grand international event.

The Norway Pavilion will provide an explorative experience into the deep blue sea, with innovations for the sustainable use of our oceans, while the Czech Republic Pavilion will focus on the technological breakthroughs of producing water from air using solar energy and cultivating the desert using subsurface cultures.

Romania’s Pavilion will showcase the close relationship between its people and nature, promoting sustainable economic growth and scientific innovation.

The hotel offers 262 spacious and elegant suites with a contemporary, distinctive design to create a comfortable, home-like experience for guests. They come fully equipped with kitchen facilities such as a dishwasher, countertop cooking hob, microwave, fridge, coffee maker, and essential utensils to enable guests to enjoy cooking and offer spacious living and workspaces, allowing guests to work and entertain friends.