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What to expect during World Expo vote

With three days to go until Dubai finds out if it will host the 2020 World Expo, we explain what to expect on Nov 27

What to expect during World Expo vote

Dubai should know by 9pm on Wednesday whether it will host the 2020 World Expo.

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is due to meet in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of three rounds of voting on Wednesday evening, Dubai time.

Each of the four cities bidding for the event – Dubai is up against the Turkish city of Izmir, Brazil’s Sao Paulo and Russia’s Yekaterinburg – will make a last presentation to the 168 BIE member nations.

About 5pm on Wednesday, Dubai time, the 168 members will sit behind closed doors and vote for their chosen candidate.

In this first round, the city with the least number of votes will be eliminated and a second and third vote will be held, with the last city eliminated each time until one winner is remaining.

Each round is expected to take about one hour, meaning the final winner should be announced about 9pm.

Dubai's bid has been publicly backed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, London Mayor Boris Johnson, former US president Bill Clinton, Canada, France and a number of international superstars.

It would be the first time the World Expo – which is more than a century old and has been responsible for the launch of multiple inventions including the typewriter, tomato sauce and electricity – has been held in the Middle East and many of Dubai’s supporters say they are backing the emirate’s bid because the UAE has built a prosperous, open and secure society in only a decade.

Many countries also want to boost their business ties with the emerging international capital.

About 25 million tourists are expected to visit Dubai during the six-month event if it wins, while Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the emirate’s top financial official and a member of the Expo committee, said the emirate would invest $8.1bn in new infrastructure if it was successful in its bid to host Expo 2020.

The infrastructure would include new roads, an extension to the metro, as well as the site itself, in Jebel Ali.

The Dubai World Expo website, www.expo2020dubai.com, is planning to broadcast a live stream from Paris on Wednesday evening.

mentabolism 6 years ago

Please check the website. Its just a landing page!

Tamer W 6 years ago

Good luck Dubai. You definitely deserve it and have earned it. Go Dubai Go.

Mohammed Kaleemullah 6 years ago

expats still expect? We already accept the 15% rent increase for new contract. Thank you Expo2020.

SANJIB GHOSH 6 years ago

I HOPE DUBAI SHD GET EXPO-2020. IT IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN STAY WITHOUT ANY TENSION, WOMEN CAN ROAM WITHOUT ANY HARRASEMENT, AT PRESENT IT IS A RARE IN EUROPE & OTHER COUNTRIES. LIKE ME VOTING COUNTRIES WILL THINK OF IT.

SHUJA MOBEEN 6 years ago

INSHALLAH DUBAI WILL WIN THIS RACE
WE ARE WAITING TO SEE DUBAI IN THE NEW FORM
AND SHAPE AFTER GETTING THE EXPO 2020
GOOD LUCK DUBAI LOVE YOU


ALAM 6 years ago

WE ARE ALL PRAYING IN PAKISTAN FOR DUBAI TO WIN. IF DUBAI WIN WE WILL ALL PARTY AND CELEBRATE, DUBAI DESERVE TO WIN BECAUSE IT IS BEST AND SAFEST CITY IN THE WORLD

Ahmed 6 years ago

I hope we get Expo2020. everyone worked so hard. All the residents of the UAE, locals and expats, have teamed up to present Dubai in the best representation ever. As an Emirati, I am so proud of what we have achieved and honoured to be part of a country that has over 200 nationalities living in peace :) This is a win for all of us.

Bless you all

SHUJA MOBEEN 6 years ago

INSHALLAH DUBAI WILL WIN THIS RACE ,DUBAI
SURELY DESERVE THIS EVENT TO HOST AS FAR AS THE
OTHER CANDIDATE CITIES DUBAI IS WAY ABOVE THEM
A STRONG CANDIDATE TRULY WORTH IT
LETS PRAY FOR DUBAI,I HAVE A STRONG FEELING
DUBAI WILL MAKE A HISTROY HERE AGAIN
GOOD LUCK DUBAI WISH YOU A GR888 FUTURE

Ajai D' Silva 6 years ago

People from 200 countries support Dubai's bid wholeheartedly, Let Dubai show the world, we can live, work and love humanity as one.

Raj Janardhan 6 years ago

If there is One city in the world that deserves admiration, that certainly would be DUBAI. Great leadership, great people, safe, clean and peaceful. This is as close as paradise can be!! As a long term resident my heart and soul is behind this Bid and god willing we will emerge winners! Good luck DUBAI!