DUBAI: Dubai has won the rights to host the World Expo 2020 on Wednesday and become the first Middle Eastern city to be honored with the responsibility of organizing the event over the time period of 150 years, ARY News has learnt.
Fireworks erupted in Dubai from the world’s tallest tower ‘Burj Khalifa’ glimmering with lights, soon after the result announcement of voting conducted by the delegates of the 168-nation Bureau International des Expositions in Paris.
Dubai bested competing bids from Izmir, Turkey; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Yekaterinburg, Russia, after three rounds of voting.
Delegates voted behind closed doors over three rounds to choose the winner, with Sao Paolo and Izmir eliminated in the second round.
The logo of its bid for the 2020 expo was plastered on police cars, convenience store bags, storefronts, taxis, receipts, government buildings and even on a flag on Mount Kilimanjaro.
A spending spree was already underway even before officials announced the host city.
Furthermore, Dubai estimates a successful Expo 2020 bid will generate $23 billion between 2015 and 2021, or 24 per cent of the city’s gross domestic product.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rahid, ruler of Dubai ruler and vice president of U.A.E. vowed to stonish the world in 2020.
He said that Dubai Expo 2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity.
December 2 is the U.A.E. national day, which celebrates the young nation’s 42 years of unity and independence from the British Protectorate, the news of getting rights has make the atmosphere glooming.