Dubai: In a major push to hire tens of thousands of residents for the Expo 2020 Dubai, officials unveiled a ‘House of Volunteers’ in Jebel Ali on Monday.
Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, unveiled the initiative at the Expo site, welcoming more than 7,000 volunteers who have registered so far.
The Expo Bureau is targeting 30,000 volunteers for the event, and doors are open for all UAE citizens and residents to join the team that will be the face of the region’s biggest event.
“It is hard to overstate just how important volunteers will be to the success of Expo 2020 Dubai. The volunteers will help welcome the world to the UAE, introducing millions of people to the immersive experience, exciting events and engaging discussions that will take place at the Expo 2020 Dubai site,” said Al Hashemi in her opening remarks at the unveiling of the House of Volunteers.
The House of Volunteers is a dedicated space from which the cadre of volunteers will operate and it will also be the place where they will get interviewed, train, bond together and hang out.
“The House of Volunteers will enable Expo 2020’s volunteer community to learn, network and engage as a group of like-minded people striving towards the same goal,” said Abeer Al Hosani, Head of Volunteers Expo 2020 Dubai.
Though there is no financial compensation for the volunteers, Al Hosani says a reward scheme will be in place to recognise the contributions of volunteers. However, they will be trained and their catering and transportation needs will be taken care of.
The programme welcomes anyone interested in being part of the Expo team and doesn’t require any previous volunteering experience or specific skill sets.
“We are welcoming anyone who is interested in volunteering with us. People from all nationalities are welcome and we are not looking for any specific skills. The programme is inclusive, we are targeting everyone who lives in the UAE,” said Al Hosani.
She said that the Expo team is reaching out to students in universities, private sector and public sector employees, homemakers as well as local communities across the emirates.
Though, there is no set criteria for selection, Al Hosani said that volunteers will be selected based on their respect for Emirati values and their enthusiasm to serve the community.
How to Join?
• Log on to www.expo2020dubai.com/volunteers
• Click on the Expo2020 Volunteers icon
• Fill out the form with personal details and submit
• You are officially registered
• Next, the Expo team will call you for an interview
• The interview is done at the House of Volunteers
Who can join?
■ Any UAE citizen or resident above 18
■ No maximum age limit
■ No previous volunteering experience required
■ No specific skill-set required