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France’s second-largest city, Lyon, supports Dubai Expo 2020 bid.

November 10, 2013 3:36 by

As the date for the announcement of the winning city of the World Expo 2020 draws near, France’s second-largest city has emerged as a supporter of Dubai winning the bid.

In a public statement, Lyon announced that it has had a friendly and co-operative relationship with the emirate. Representatives from the French city, who have visited Dubai several times through the many economic, academic and cultural projects developed by the two cities, have noted the emirate’s exceptional development and appreciated its ambitious outlook and constant quest for innovation.

The possibility of hosting the World Expo 2020 constitutes an important and natural progression for Dubai, which has made its tourism strategy the engine of its economic reconversion by investing heavily in infrastructure and developing the highest-quality services, reveals the statement.

Gérard Collomb, senator-mayor of Lyon and president of Greater Lyon, says, “Dubai’s bid for the World Expo 2020 demonstrates how large cities can rise to the challenges of the future, which is relevant to Lyon’s own international development plan.”

The statement goes on to say that, to Lyon, Dubai represents openness to the world, an international hub and gateway to the orient, adding that the importance of the links between the emirate and Lyon even led Dubai-based Emirates Airline to launch a direct flight between the two cities last year.

Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo 2020 has, so far, had its fair share of supporters including Britain and Canada.

Last week, John Baird, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs issued a statement saying that in the Middle East region, Dubai is “best placed” to host the world and bring together the most diverse group of people to share ideas, aspirations and concrete solutions for the future.

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).

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