Newskarnataka – Dubai
Dubai: Dubai won the bid to host World Expo 2020 at Paris on Wednesday November 27, and assured to “astonish” the world in 2020 through its vision of innovation and creativity.
After it bagged the right to host the world’s biggest exposition following an arduous campaign, of three rounds of voting, the victory has brought to fulfillment to a two-year-old dream for the city.
Celebrations have begun across the UAE after Dubai which emerged the clear winner in the French capital in the final round after leading all the way and was voted winner of the World Expo 2020 bid at the 154th BIE General Assembly.
Dubai Expo 2020 team in a tweet said, “It was a hard-fought victory; we were up against strong competitors, to whom we offer our full respect and sincere wishes.”
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Higher Committee on Hosting the World Expo 2020 in Dubai tweeted from Paris: I would like to congratulate #UAE President, @HHShkMohd & the people of #UAE on winning Expo2020.”
Dubai had come first for the second time in Round 2 of voting with 87 votes in its favour accounting for 52.73 per cent of the total votes cast. Earlier, the UAE ranked first in the first round of voting to select the host city for the World Expo 2020.
As soon as the first round results were announced, residents poured out onto the streets in an unprepared celebration that erupted across the UAE.
Residents of the UAE and the wider Gulf were glued to their TVs, smartphones and computers following up the exciting finale of the UAE’s bid for World Expo 2020. Social media channels were alive with twitter and Facebook posts and news website. The whole city is a swing of carnival, and celebrated until late night.