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Dubai victorious with 2020 Expo bid

29/11/2013

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Cage Warriors Fighting Championship would like to extend its congratulations to all involved with Dubai’s winning bid to host the World Expo trade convention in 2020, after the city beat off rival bids from Brazil, Turkey and Russia to clinch the honour.

Fireworks exploded from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, following last night’s announcement in Paris. Dubai, which played host to CWFC Fight Night 4 last year, will be the first Middle Eastern city to hold the Expo, which takes place every five years. The expo sees hundreds of countries show off the latest in architecture and technology.

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has promised to astonish the world with the event. The Gulf city beat Russia’s Yekaterinburg in the final round of voting in Paris. The other contenders were Sao Paulo in Brazil and Izmir in Turkey.

“We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020,” said Sheikh al-Maktoum after the win. “Dubai Expo 2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity.”

Dubai authorities say the Expo 2020 will bring in around $23bn (£14bn, 17bn euros). They say financing for the six-month event will cost a total of $8.4bn (£5.2bn, 6.2bn euros), with the government spending around $6.5bn (£4bn, 4.8bn euros) on infrastructure projects.

A huge exhibition centre will be built to host the event, plus new hotels and an extension to Dubai’s metro line. The 2015 Expo takes place in Milan.

Congratulations, Dubai!

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