Canada backs Dubai to win World Expo in 2020

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Canada on Tuesday became the latest world power to add its support to Dubai's bid to host the World Expo in 2020.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced that Canada will support the bid to take the World Expo to the Middle East for the first time.

“Canada believes it is time for the Middle East to host the world at a time of such hope and challenge in the region, and Dubai is best placed to bring together the most diverse group of peoples from around the world, to share ideas, aspirations, and concrete solutions for the future,” said Baird.

“Canada’s support for Dubai reflects our commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond.”

His comments come just a few days after British Prime Minister David Cameron backed Dubai to win the World Expo 2020 event.

The other cities still in the race to host the prestigious event are Sao Paulo in Brazil, Yekaterinburg in Russia and Izmir in Turkey.

The 167 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the organisers, will cast their votes on November 27.

Fast added: “The United Arab Emirates has built a prosperous, open and secure society in roughly one generation and world-class and innovative Canadian businesses are eager to build stronger trade and investment ties with this strategic, priority market.

“By supporting Dubai Expo 2020, we’re showing our UAE partners that Canada is committed to taking our relationship to new heights which will create new opportunities for people in both countries.”

The UAE is also home to over 100 major Canadian companies, and approximately 40,000 Canadians live and work there.

Former US President Bill Clinton and London Mayor Boris Johnson also have publicly backed Dubai.

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Posted by: Shirtl Iftar

Canada - a world power? It's Economy is not even the size of California

Posted by: Mick

with less than 40 million people in one of the largest countries on the planet, Canada (with the most contributions, in history, to world peacekeeping and charity) has, as procan stated, is a major economy in the world. 40 million people.....think about the contribution per capita and the success of such a small population in the world. Yes, Canada is certainly a world power. It's true, we are known for being modest so let me be one of the only Canucks to admit "Canada is amazing". I've not heard too many that dislike Canada. I get smiles in response to the question of where I'm from. It's usually only the British and Americans that make a deragatory comment (not all but some...not so much U.S. as there is an unspoken brotherhood abroad).
Dubai 2020 is not yet a sure thing but we hope that my recent home of the last 6 years wins this great honour and shows a Canadian-style humility in the acceptance of it, unlike Qatar's self-entitlement attitude of the World Cup 2022

Posted by: Telcoguy

Yes, Canada is not an economic superpower by far. that would be the USA, with roughly one quarter of the world GDP
But just for your reference Canada's midget economy is 3 times bigger than KSA, 5 times bigg than UAE or 10 times the size of Qatar's... How should we describe those then?

Posted by: procan

Shirtl Iftar , we are a Member of the G8 that is not by accident. 10th largest economy in the world 2 Trillion $. No one in this Country claims to be a world power we all are quite happy being a middle power . We are a modest people and do our best to function in a prudent and functionary manner showing respect to all our fellow humans that we share the planet with. Today we wish Dubai all the best for the Expo 2020. Try and play nice, arrogance does not behove you , all the best.

Posted by: Hamid Husain

We all hope that Dubai gets to host this prestigious event as Dubai has already shown its greatness over the past 10+ years in building an open and transparent society with an amazing infrastructure able to provide the means of a great expo!

Go Dubai!!!

Posted by: Gangadhar Kotha

Dubai is mini world itself and fairly represents on behalf almost every country in the world. By voting in favour of Dubai the countries are honouring themselves and Canda did the same.

Well done Canada and thanks a lot for the support and confidence

Posted by: Kifah Elmousa

I would advice everyone in the world to vote DUBAI 2020 World expo.
I am Canadian living in the middle east, and I love living the experience of such evolution happening in this region led by UAE (AbuDhabi and Dubai) and Qatar through its vision 2030.

Posted by: Daud

Let's be a bit wary about this endorsement, after all, some of their politicians smoke Crack.

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