Usman Ghani (November 28, 2013)
Giving its competitors a tough match, Dubai finally won in the Expo 2020 bidding, in Paris, beating giant candidates like Russia and Turkey. It now owns the rights to host the event, which will be a breakthrough for UAE’s economy and growth, injecting thousands of jobs and business opportunities for various industries in UAE.
UAE’s performance through the bidding was consistent, gaining a total of 77 votes in the first round, and earning 10 more votes during the second round.
Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs said, “At the end of the day it all boils down to political play and ties”. “I think these issues vary from one representative to another and from one country to another. It depends on the concern of the day. Sometimes it depends on who is caught up in traffic and doesn’t make it to the polling booth in time to cast the vote. There are so many variables that still need to be accounted for after the campaigning is over.”
“As always we are confident about what we do in the UAE”. “We have always walked on the path to excellence and delivered on our many commitments. The UAE is a country which naturally attracts people across many platforms,” said bid committee Chairman Shaikh Ahmad.
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