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The countdown has begun: Dubai Expo 2020 bid
August 25, 2013 5:42 by kippreport
As Dubai competes with three other cities to host the World Expo in 2020, the 100-day countdown to the vote has begun. Representatives from 167 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will cast their votes on November 27.
The Dubai Expo 2020 team is now focused on working towards the ‘Theme Symposium’ in Dubai this October. The symposium is an opportunity for all candidate cities to showcase their Expo 2020 themes. Dubai’s theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, has the sub-themes of mobility, sustainability and delegates, which represent crucial elements of global development.
The United Arab Emirates’ robust infrastructure, warm hospitality and global connectivity will allow delegates to experience the country’s unique advantages as a potential host nation.
If Dubai is awarded the accolade, the Expo will be scheduled to take place on the eve of the UAE’s 50th anniversary, bringing the World Expo to the Mena region for the first time. It is expected to attract 25 million visitors and would mark the first World Expo in which more than 70 per cent of visitors would not belong to the host nation.
Moreover, as well as aiming to be an inspiration for future generations, the event is expected to create 277,000 jobs.