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Canada supports Dubai’s bid for World Expo 2020
Minister of foreign affairs says emirate is ‘best placed’ to host the event.
November 6, 2013 3:57 by kippreport
Canada has become the latest country to publicly support Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo 2020, describing the emirate as “best placed” to bring together the most diverse groups of people from around the world.
In a statement issued by the Canadian government on Tuesday, November 5, minister of foreign affairs, John Baird, says that Canada’s support for Dubai reflects its commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond.
“Canada believes that it is time for the Middle East region to host the world at a time of such hope and challenge in the region, and Dubai is best placed to bring together the most diverse groups of people from around the world to share ideas, aspirations and concrete solutions for the future,” he says.
This support comes merely two weeks after British prime minister, David Cameron, also publicly backed Dubai to win the World Expo 2020, describing the city as a place where different cultures and people can converge behind common goals, living and working side by side.
If Dubai wins the bid on November 27, it will be the first expo to be held in the Middle East region. The city is competing with Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
Canada’s minister of international trade, Ed Fast, also expressed his support for Dubai by saying that Canadian businesses are eager to strengthen trade ties with the local market. There are more than 100 major Canadian companies in the UAE and 40,000 Canadians who live and work here. Hence, in the short span of 40 years the UAE has made tremendous gains.
“The UAE has built a prosperous, open and secure society in roughly one generation, and world-class and innovative Canadian businesses are eager to build stronger trade and investment ties with this strategic, priority market,” he adds. “By supporting Dubai’s bid for World Expo 2020, we are showing our UAE partners that Canada is committed to taking our relationship to new heights, which will create opportunities for people in both countries.”
As of June 1 this year, Canadians were once again able to enter the UAE without applying for a visa in advance. In January 2011, after a dispute over landing rights, the UAE dropped Canada from the list of countries whose citizens can obtain a free visit visa on arrival. Until June 1, Canadian citizens were charged $1,000 for a six-month multiple entry visa, while a one-month visit visa cost $250.