Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai has been chosen to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020 - beating off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia.

Dubai will be the first Middle Eastern city to hold the Expo, which takes place every five years.

The expo sees hundreds of countries show off the latest in architecture and technology.

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has promised to astonish the world with the event.

The Gulf city beat Russia's Yekaterinburg in the final round of voting in Paris. The other contenders were Sao Paulo in Brazil and Izmir in Turkey.

"We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020," said Sheikh al-Maktoum after the win.

"Dubai Expo 2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity."

Dubai authorities say the Expo 2020 will bring in around $23bn (£14bn, 17bn euros). They say financing for the six-month event will cost a total of $8.4bn (£5.2bn, 6.2bn euros), with the government spending around $6.5bn (£4bn, 4.8bn euros) on infrastructure projects.

A huge exhibition centre will be built to host the event, plus new hotels and an extension to Dubai's metro line.

More news on Dubai Expo 2020 Win
The announcement was made through Dubai Media Office's twitter page on Wednesday evening - By Mary Sophia - 9 hours ago – Thursday, 28 November 2013.

All schools and educational institutions in Dubai will be closed on Thursday 28 November to celebrate the emirate winning its Expo 2020 bid, according to a mandate by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The announcement was made through Dubai Media Office’s twitter page on Wednesday evening, following Dubai’s successful bid in Paris.

There was no official confirmation of a UAE-wide holiday for private and public sector workers.

Dubai’s charismatic ruler issued a number of tweets lauding Dubai’s efforts in winning the Expo 2020:

“To the world: we renew our promise to astonish you at #Expo2020 Dubai will bring to life our vision: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

“Our goal is to build a better future for the region’s youth. The UAE will achieve it through collaboration and inspiration at #Expo2020.

“I am proud of our teams who earned this victory for Dubai with two years of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“We congratulate the nation, our President & all people in UAE on Dubai’s winning bid to host the greatest exhibition in the world.” - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.

Yes, I am delighted – Prathap G., Sharjah - @librahitech


Earlier news: Dubai Expo 2020: 10 High Profile Supporters.

Gulf Business highlights some of the biggest endorsements the Dubai Expo bid has received to date.

By Aarti Nagraj - November 24, 2013

With less than a week to go for the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to announce the Expo 2020 bid winner, the excitement is building up in Dubai, one of the bidding cities.

Dubai, which is competing against Sao Paolo (Brazil), Izmir (Turkey) and Ekaterinburg (Russia) to host the mega event, has managed to garner support not only from within the region, but also from several leaders and countries.



One of the most vocal supporters of the UAE’s bid, Cameron even reiterated his support in person during an official visit to Dubai ahead of the Dubai Airshow in November.

The British PM also penned a 450-word op-ed that was circulated among media outlets in the UAE in October, which outlined the main reasons why he believed Dubai was the ideal city to host the Expo.



Bill Clinton said Dubai is in a “strong position” to win the bid for Expo 2020 thanks to the UAE’s achievements and its cultural diversity.

Dubai’s model of shared prosperity is more important today than ever and an inspiration to many countries in the Middle East,” he said during a trip to the UAE in April this year.



Microsoft founder Bill Gates, also the founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has personally endorsed Dubai’s bid, saying the city “would be a great location to host a World Expo”.



London Mayor Boris Johnson has supported Dubai’s bid saying: “I personally back Dubai and will be happy to tell others to do so. It will be good for Dubai.”

He added: “It’s not a one-way street. Our support will definitely help more than 4,000 British companies operating here.”



French President Francois Hollande commended Dubai’s bid to host the Expo following an official meeting with Sheikh Mohammed in Paris this June.  “The head of state praised the advantages of the application of Dubai Expo
2020,” a statement said.

French city Lyon also released a statement saying it backed Dubai’s bid because of the city’s “exceptional development”, its “ambitious outlook and constant quest for innovation.”



Canada’s support for Dubai reflects our commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond,” John Baird, Canada’s foreign affairs minister said in a statement.

Dubai is best placed to bring together the most diverse group of peoples from around the world, to share ideas, aspirations, and concrete solutions for the future.”



Italy, the host of the 2015 World Expo, threw its weight behind Dubai’s bid with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta expressing his country’s support in a letter to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“In a world more and more integrated and interdependent, the UAE metropolis, where around 200 nationalities live and work in harmony to build a common project, represents an outstanding model of development, in tune with the theme chosen for the Expo,” he wrote.



Netherlands went through a lengthy consultation and assessment process before selecting Dubai as its choice for the Expo, minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans said in a statement.

“The Netherlands was extremely impressed with the efforts the UAE has invested in their bid for Expo 2020. The plans and strategy the UAE has put in place are remarkable.”



One of the first celebrity endorsements came from Lindsay Lohan, who tweeted: “Help support Dubai to win the World Expo in 2020 & support @HHShkMohd’s vision @DubaiExpo2020.” She added “I do”.



A similar tweet was recently posted by ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. “I back Dubai to win the World Expo bid in 2020 & support @HHShkMohd’s vision @DubaiExpo2020,” she wrote.

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