The Gulf city state of Dubai will host the 2020 World Expo, the first time a middle eastern state has won the right to stage the global jamboree.
The United Arab Emirates hope staging the event will bring in billions of euros in investment, and cement Dubai’s reputation as an open global centre, one the minister of state described as “a city capable of working with the world, and welcoming the world”.
Six and a half billion euros will be spent on venues and upgraded infrastructure for the expo.
Dubai fought off three challengers, Sao Paulo, which fell in the first round of voting, Izmir, which fell in the second, and Yekaterinburg, which got 47 final-round votes to Dubai’s 116.
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