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Infrastructure Senior Vice President of Legacy Development and Impact at Expo 2020 Dubai. “As a Premier Partner of Expo 2020, Accenture is already playing an important role in making the first World Expo in the region a can’t-miss experience for millions,” she said. “By confirming it will open a digital hub at District 2020, the company is also demonstrating its faith in Dubai as a gateway to global markets, especially in Africa and Asia, and the vision of the UAE’s leaders for the future.” Accenture will harness the physical infrastructure at District 2020 that promotes easy connections for residents and businesses alike. It will benefit from state-of-the-art digital infrastructure and impressive transport links, including the nearby Al Maktoum International Airport, which will connect it with the rest of the world. 32 September 2017 Earlier this year, Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest manufacturing and electronic companies and the Intelligent Infrastructure and Operations Premier Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, announced that it would establish a global headquarters for airports, cargo and ports logistics at the site post 2021. Marjan Faraidooni continued: “Accenture is exactly the type of dynamic, forward-looking company that will be at home among the many other innovators and forward-thinking companies that will be drawn to District 2020. “We anticipate that many more world-class companies will follow the example of Accenture and Siemens by establishing a presence at what promises to be a wonderful place to live, work and explore.” Gerardo Canta, who leads Accenture’s Communications, Media and Technology practice in the Middle East and Turkey, said: “The Expo 2020 Dubai journey does not end when the gates close in 2021. Accenture is delighted to be a part of this exciting experience long into the future, with our digital hub at District 2020 demonstrating our commitment to helping companies in the region leverage the power of digital to innovate.” District 2020 includes 65,000 square metres of residential space and 135,000 square metres of commercial space in a location designed for sustainability that is home to innovation, education, culture and entertainment.