Expo 2020: Dubai celebrates in style

Following the announcement that Dubai, UAE, had won the right to host the World Expo in 2020 on Wednesday, the emirate took to the streets to celebrate. Vision offers a round up

After an 18-month that has generated thousand of supporters around the world - and not to mention the UAE – Dubai has won its bid to host the World Expo in 2020.

The occasion was royally marked by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, who scaled the spire of iconic Burj Khalifa in order to raise the UAE national flag. That evening the building, the highest man-made point on earth, went on to become the focus of a spectacular fireworks and laser display watched by thousands.

Jubilation erupted all over the emirate among crowds who had gathered in focal points throughout the city, including Dubai Mall and in the streets of the Downtown area. On Jumeirah beach, people gathered around huge screens set up to report the live results.

Many danced with blue flags, the official colour of the Dubai Expo, and others draped themselves in the national flag. “There aren’t words to describe my happiness with this news,” said Sara Al Boom, a young Expo ambassador. “I think we are going to deliver a world expo that is unforgettable.”

The successful bid to host the event saw Dubai beating other world cities in Brazil, Turkey and Russia. For the emirate, a major appeal was bringing the World Expo to the Middle East for the first time.

Dubai will host the Expo for six months in 2020 with an overarching theme will be "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and subthemes of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.  The event will be a platform for hundreds of nations to showcase their latest thinking in architecture, science and technology.

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum congratulated the country on the win and promised the world a spectacular event in 2020. “To the world: we renew our promise to astonish you at Expo 2020. Dubai will bring to life our vision: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” he tweeted after the win.

The celebratory moment also coincides with the UAE’s 42nd National Day celebrations on 2 December. The extra excitement this year will be marked with afternoon events such as ‘The Parade – Downtown Dubai, UAE National Day,’ where themed floats and roaming entertainment will whip up the excited mood on 1 December. In the evening, the ‘Happiest Nation’ event will take place in Burj Park and, as well as promising an entertaining glimpse into the country’s past, pledges commemorative gifts to everyone who attends. Further spectacular firework displays organised by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment will take place on 1 and 2 December.

As the people celebrate, the young country of Dubai has much to look forward to in the coming years.