By Andy Sambidge
Transport Minister claims Izmir has the support of 60 countries as it competes for prestigious event
One of Dubai's main rivals in the race to host the World Expo 2020 claims to have the support of 60 countries and is confident of victory in Wednesday's vote.
Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım made the claim regarding Izmir's candidacy for the prestigious event, Turkish media reported.
Dubai will discover on Wednesday if it has been successful in its bid to host the event. It is competing with Izmir, Sao Paolo in Brazil and Ekaterinburg in Russia.
Turkey said it has already had talks with 97 percent of the 167 members of the Expo organisers, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
“İzmir and Milano competed in 2015, but Milano won with a slight edge. Now there are four bidding cities. We expect İzmir will achieve it,” Yıldırım was quoted as saying.
Yıldırım added that he expected to host around 30 million visitors during the six months if İzmir hosts Expo 2020, with many projects expected to be completed between 2014 and 2020.
Izmir’s theme is “New Routes to a Better World / Health for All.”
“The goal is to show Turkey’s success in improving its health care system over the last 11 years and to show strategies and techniques to other countries that might need support,” Yıldırım said.
Come on guys DUBAI deserves to win, Right!!!
I believe Dubai is in the forefront of these contenders. Turkey has security issues (Syria), Brazil has a high crime rate, again security issues and Russia does not have the infrastructure that Dubai commands. I see Dubai as the winner here easily. I wish Dubai the best, they deserve this win!
The proof is in the pudding and that will be served tonigh hot in DUBAI!
--continuing--. Also Shk Mohammad Al-Maktoum, this great genius person, is making the new utopia of the world and people will only know that when they have the chance to visit it and to see how the UAE was built with great leaders vision and the joint efforts of nationals and expats from all over the world (including turkey) hand by hand. expats did not mind because they could have done what they did not even have the chance to think about in their home land, and by the way, to most expats, UAE is their home land now where their businesses were born and flourished to the world, where their kids lived and loved, no discrimination, and UAE is where you are the only one responsible for your life and you can do what you want knowing that you are responsible for results. (liberty for all) this is how I would describe UAE.
I am so happy, UAE - Dubai Expo 2020 and Qatar WC 2022, this is sooooooo great.
Come on, Turkey is losing one bid after another last of them was the Olympics to Tokyo despite all Turkish attempts to escalate the fears over radiation leaks (Fukushima), people where so aware and alert of Turkish attempts, and it also lost to Milan. People cannot feel safe in Turkey considering what the Turkish government's role in feuding unrest situation in the region and keeps creating more enemies in the Arab world while its trying to regain the power that they lost (or sold out) to the allies after scale tipped over. Everyone knows what they are trying to do.
As an Arab Canadian, I am so much hoping for Dubai - UAE to get such event organizing votes, because UAE in general was built by great person (Shk. Zayed Al-Nhayan . May he rest in Peace) and he told his predecessors to take care of the people more than anything else. Also Shk Mohammad Al-Maktoum, this great genius person, is making the new utopia of the world and people will only know that when they have the chance...
Dubai will win definitely. Dubai has done a tremendous job under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and deserves to win.
Dubai is a multicultural city with the best infrastructure in the region and the lowest crime rate. It is also a regional hub for logistics, trade, and finance.
I cant even imagine that Dubai will not take it, may be next time Turkey, this time is Dubai's.
It has to Be Izmir wonderful Izmir
Dubai is blessed with every spice to make this event more than a grand success and in more global way.
Dubai will win, no doubts! The way it has come up in a decade is commendable :D