The World Expo on water and sustainable development in the Spanish city of Zaragoza has been hailed a success by the government. King Juan Carlos presided over the closing ceremony. The event showcased work from more than a hundred countries, focussing on issues like climate change and access to clean water.
In his speech, the King credited the Expo with creating an important legacy:
“This exhibition, which closes today, has given Spain the opportunity to show the world that she is a modern and dynamic country with a proven ability to organise things on a grand scale,” he said.
Officials say more than five million people passed through the doors during the three month event. Zaragoza re-invented itself for the event. As well as a new airport terminal and motorway link, the 25-hectare site itself will now become a commercial and pedestrian zone with museums and restaurants.
However, some criticised Spain’s own water policies, saying they are too wasteful for the country to host such an event.