Dubai to hold first 2020 Olympics bid meeting

Dubai's Crown Prince to chair talks, meeting eyes preparations for Games bid.
OLYMPIC DREAM: Dubai wants to host the Olympics in 2020. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 02 Nov 2009 07:02 AM

The first meeting of Dubai 2020 team, which aims to bring the Olympic Games to the emirate, is set to take place on Monday.

The talks will be chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, news agency WAM reported.

The meeting aims to start the preparation for the Dubai 2020 initiative, which also aims to bring the World Expo to Dubai in 2020.

The 2020 team will also work to bring other big international events to Dubai.

The committee includes Dubai's most senior officials such the Mohammed Al Shaibani, head of the ruler's court and Dhahi Khalfan Al Tamim, Dubai's chief of police and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates.

Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki are also launching a joint bid for the 2020 Olympics. Delhi, Istanbul and Budapest have already expressed interest in bidding.

If successful Dubai would become the first city in the Middle East to host the Olympics.

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