Dubai ups ante for Expo 2020

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By Shweta JainSenior Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Dubai will spend between $2 billion (Dh7.35 billion) and $4 billion on infrastructure if it manages to secure the bid for the 2020 World Expo, officials said yesterday.

    *  Image Credit: Gulf News Archives     * The UAE pavilion at the World Expo held in Shanghai in 2010. That expo generated $2 billion in revenues for the host city. Dubai is competing with four other cities that have submitted bids for the event.
* Image Credit: Gulf News Archives * The UAE pavilion at the World Expo held in Shanghai in 2010. That expo generated $2 billion in revenues for the host city. Dubai is competing with four other cities that have submitted bids for the event.

Having submitted the official bid to host the 2020 World Expo last November, the UAE yesterday launched the country’s campaign to host the international event in Dubai.

The World Expo is a global, non-commercial exposition. The hosting of it must be applied for by a country and approved by the World Expo committee. The Expo is inteded to promote exchanges of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology, to allow exhibitors to display their achievements and improve international relationships.

The global campaign is aimed to highlight the reasons for Dubai being the ideal choice to host this six-month event (January 4 to June 30, 2020), which takes place once every five years. The UAE bid is being led by the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo.

Under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the 2020 World Expo in Dubai will serve as a “global hub for ideas and a springboard for creativity”, according to Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group, and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo. More info

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