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Dubai World Expo 2020

World Expo 2020 Dubai UAE

Dubai, UAE, will be the host city for the 2020 World Expo (World Fair) exhibition (exposition), to be held from October 2020 to April 2021, with the theme slogan "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."

Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai megaprojects construction for the 2020 World Expo

Several megaprojects in Dubai which are planned or under construction might have the completion date brought forward as a result of Dubai being awarded host city status. Speculative reports only seen so far (Dec 2013).

Dubai wins 2020 World Expo host city

27 Nov 2013 - Dubai won the bid to host the 2020 World Expo with over 70% of the votes in the final round. Fireworks at the Burj Khalifa were set off to celebrate. A holiday has been declared for schools in the UAE on Thursday 28 November 2013. The voting (by secret ballot) went like this:

Country Brazil Russia Turkey UAE Abstentions Total
Voting round 1 13 votes 39 votes 33 votes 77 votes 1 163 countries
Voting round 2   41 36 87 1 165
Voting round 3   47   116 1 164
  • 2020 World Expo dates are 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
  • BIE announcement said "On November 27th, 2013, at 5.30 pm, the United Arab Emirates has been elected As the Host Country of the World Expo 2020 by the BIE Members States during the General Assembly."
Sheikh Hamdan with UAE flag at top of Burj Khalifa
Sheikh Hamdan takes UAE flag to the top of the Burj Khalifa
  • 28 Nov 2013 (press release): Celebrating the success of the UAE in winning the global bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, raised the UAE national flag at the top of the spire of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. ... His Highness Sheikh Hamdan scaled the spire, took position on its outer core before unfolding the National Flag that fluttered at the highest man-made point on earth. The crowning touch of Burj Khalifa, the telescopic spire is over 200 metres (700 ft) high, and is an integral part of the tower’s overall design.
Holiday for educational establishments in the UAE
  • WAM news report 27 Nov 2013: Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered that tomorrow Thursday, 28th November 2013 be declared a holiday for all educational institutions across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) The announcement comes in celebration of UAE's grand achievement of winning the world Expo 2020 hosting bid.
Sheikh Hamdan at top of Burj Khalifa
Dubai World Expo 2020 in numbers

Data supplied by The Government of Dubai Media Office (28 Nov 2013).

Voting and bidding process for the 2020 World Expo
Countries supporting the UAE and Dubai bid to host the 2020 World Expo
Support for the Dubai Expo bid
History and timeline for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai
Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai and Dubai's bid for hosting the Expo
2020 World Expo bidding cities

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will choose the winning bid in November 2013. Text in grey represents abandoned or unconfirmed bids. Deadline for bid submission 02 November 2011 (it wasn't clear if Dubai's bid submission was submitted on time or not - BIE said a bid was submitted 02 November 2011, WAM news said a bid was submitted on 23 November 2011). The 2020 World Expo will run from 04 January to 30 June 2020.

World Expo locations before 2020
UAE Pavilions
Last update Wednesday 01-Apr-2015. Page development 1H 2T 3D 4L 5C.
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