UAE set to make case for 2020 World Expo
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A senior delegation led by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Emirates Group, on Sunday left for Paris to make the case for holding the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.
The delegation will make a presentation at a General Assembly of the 160 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the international organisation responsible for overseeing the World Expo events.
The presentation is the second of five opportunities the UAE will have to formally support its bid to the BIE in the lead up to the November 2013 selection, official news agency WAM reported.
The UAE's bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai is one of five and is up against Ayutthaya (Thailand), Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
In February, the UAE said it could invest between $2-$4bn in hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, if its bid to host the event is successful.
It plans to host the six-month long event at ‘Exhibition City’, an as-yet unconstructed 400-hectare development located near Al Maktoum International Airport to the south-west of Dubai.