‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’
Dubai is the first Middle Eastern location to be chosen for the World Expo Trade Convention in 2020. This is a win that will further add to the UAE’s passion to bring people together for business and pleasure.
Asense of jubilation went through the UAE as news came from Paris that Dubai has been chosen as the venue for the World Expo Trade Convention in 2020. It was celebration all round. People just came out and danced in the streets to rejoice and make a big noise about the historic win which had beaten rivals Brazil, Turkey and Russia. Fireworks exploded from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, following the announcement. The Dubai Crown Prince, Sh. Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum, even scaled the top of the Burj Al Khalifa and unfurled the UAE flag to mark the celebration.
Dubai will be the first Middle Eastern city to hold the Expo, which takes place every five years.
Countries show off all that they have to offer at the Expo – business prospects, industry, tourism, architecture and technology.
Happy in the win, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum promised to astonish the world with the event when it takes place in Dubai in 2020.
"Dubai Expo 2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity," he said.
“I extend my thanks to HH Sheikh Khalifa (the president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi) for his great support, and to every country that voted for Dubai to host Expo 2020,” Sh. Mohammad said.
He expressed his gratitude to the people of the UAE and thanked them for their support and enthusiasm which fuelled the victory.
“Today, you are all champions,” he said.
Sh. Mohammad also thanked all the Arab countries for their heartfelt encouragement and said that they all shared the historic moment for the region. He praised the Dubai 2020 bid committee for all their hard work and said he was proud of the team that had earned this victory for Dubai with two years of hard work, dedication and commitment.
In a statement, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan also reiterated his earlier remarks that “Dubai Expo 2020 will undoubtedly stand out as the best edition in the history of the event in terms of preparation and presentation.”
In a telephone conversation with Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Khalifa said: “From day one when we submitted our bid to host Expo 2020, we were fully confident that Dubai deserves to win the bid, and that our country possesses all it takes to successfully organize a unique event that will add a new and outstanding imprint on the Expo series of events.”
The chairman of Dubai’s Expo 2020 Bid Committee, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who is also chairman and CEO of the Emirates Group, said: “We are immensely proud to have been awarded the honour of hosting World Expo 2020.
“The competition has been fierce and we respectfully commend our competitors,” he said. “This is a moment to be embraced and owned by the entire nation and beyond – this is your Expo. It is an Expo for the World. The vision of our bid has always been about more than just Dubai and the UAE.”
According to Dubai authorities, Expo 2020 will rake in around $23bn. Financing for the six-month event will cost a total of $8.4bn, with the government spending around $6.5bn on infrastructure projects. A huge exhibition centre will be built in Dubai to host the event, plus new hotels and an extension to Dubai's metro line.