Dubai has been chosen to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020 - beating off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia.
The expo sees hundreds of countries show off the latest in architecture and technology.
The ruler of
, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has promised to astonish the world with the event. Dubai
The Gulf city beat
's Yekaterinburg in the final round of voting in Russia . The other contenders were Paris in Sao Paulo and Brazil in Izmir . 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."
A huge exhibition centre will be built to host the event, plus new hotels and an extension to
's metro line. Dubai
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
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. Dubai
The announcement was made through Dubai Media Office’s twitter page on Wednesday evening, following
’s successful bid in Dubai . Paris
There was no official confirmation of a UAE-wide holiday for private and public sector workers.
“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
with two years of hard work, dedication and commitment. Dubai
“We congratulate the nation, our President & all people in UAE on
’s winning bid to host the greatest exhibition in the world.” - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai . Dubai
Yes, I am delighted – Prathap G., Sharjah - @librahitechEarlier news:
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
, one of the bidding cities. Dubai
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.
1. DAVID CAMERON, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER
One of the most vocal supporters of the UAE’s bid, Cameron even reiterated his support in person during an official visit to
ahead of the Dubai Airshow in November. Dubai
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
was the ideal city to host the Expo. Dubai
2. BILL CLINTON, FORMER
Bill Clinton said
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 Dubai Middle East,” he said during a trip to the UAE in April this year.
3. BILL GATES, MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, also the founder and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has personally endorsed
’s bid, saying the city “would be a great location to host a World Expo”. Dubai
4. BORIS JOHNSON, LONDON MAYOR
London Mayor Boris Johnson has supported
’s bid saying: “I personally back Dubai and will be happy to tell others to do so. It will be good for Dubai .” 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
’s bid to host the Expo following an official meeting with Sheikh Mohammed in Dubai this June. “The head of state praised the advantages of the application of Dubai Expo Paris
2020,” a statement said.
Lyon also released a statement saying it backed ’s bid because of the city’s “exceptional development”, its “ambitious outlook and constant quest for innovation.” Dubai
’s support for Canada reflects our commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond,” John Baird, Dubai ’s foreign affairs minister said in a statement. Canada
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.” Dubai
“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.
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.” Netherlands
9. LINDSAY LOHAN
One of the first celebrity endorsements came from Lindsay Lohan, who tweeted: “Help support
to win the World Expo in 2020 & support @HHShkMohd’s vision @DubaiExpo2020.” She added “I do”. Dubai
10. PAMELA ANDERSON
A similar tweet was recently posted by ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. “I back
to win the World Expo bid in 2020 & support @HHShkMohd’s vision @DubaiExpo2020,” she wrote. Dubai