Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-11-28 09:45:36
The United Arab Emirates has won the right to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, sparking national jubilation as the business and tourism hub secured a fillip to its recovering economy.
Five years after its damaging economic crisis, Dubai on Wednesday became the first Middle Eastern country to host the expo, fending off competition from Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey), and São Paulo (Brazil) in the international vote held in Paris.
Expos, dating back to the great exhibition of 1851 in London, are held every five years and allow nations to create their own pavilions to showcase national development in science and culture.
Dubai, which has been planning its bid since 2009, will build its expo complex near its new airport in the city’s desert outskirts, where the emirate is set to unveil a massive expansion potentially trebling the city’s passenger capacity by 2020.
After the announcement, a fireworks display lit up the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa in downtown Dubai. More»