Dubai plans to bid for the 2020 Olympics. Do you think the emirate can pull it off?
The results are in.
July 12, 2009 9:37 by Dana El Baltaji
Dubai wants to host the 2020 Olympics under a new initiative called Dubai 2020 launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler. A group of government and private section representatives will be assembled to determine if the emirate can host the World Expo and the Olympic and Paralympics in 2020.
“Bringing together these two world events in one place – each for the first time in the Middle East – would be a unique proposition, uniting business, science and technology with sport, education and culture,” an official statement said.
Dubai hosting the Olympics may seem far-fetched today, but 2020 is a good 11 years away. Considering how much Dubai has changed over the past decade, Kipp is inclined to believe anything is possible.
Apparently, however, the majority of our respondents disagree.
Thirty-eight percent of respondents to Kipp’s poll answered “Are you kidding me” to our question, implying Dubai could never pull of the Olympics, even in 2020; and 18 percent said the emirate is too small to host the sporting event.
Conversely, the second largest majority of respondents – 31 percent – said Dubai can host the Olympics, provided the emirate plans in advance; and 13 percent of respondents would “love to see sports champions in Dubai.”