expo 2020So what will world look like in 2020?  One thing is certain if the current enthusiasm prevails Dubai will host Expo 2020.

The UAE has put forward a strong case to hold Expo 2020 in Dubai — the vision of the project is clear and aligned to the traditions and values of World Expos.

Five countries bid for Expo 2020 including Dubai, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Thailand.   Dubai was the last bidder.  Having said that Thailand was removed from the bid and now Dubai is competing against three other candidate cities including Brazil, Russia, and Turkey bidding to host the 2020 edition of the global gathering. The winner will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 163 member nations of the BIE.

How it would impact Dubai?  An economic impact study by Oxford Economics into Dubai Expo 2020 concluded that the total economic output across the Dubai economy would amount to 28.8 billion euros, as well as creating more than 277,000 jobs between 2013 and 2021.

Another study says that  for every Expo employee, approximately 50 additional jobs will be sustained across the Middle East and north African economy.

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WHY DUBAI IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR EXPO 2020? Unlike countries that bid for a World Expo to build new infrastructure — such as airports, ports, rail and road transport systems —  Dubai and the UAE have a ready platform on all fronts.

  1. Dubai’s strategic global location between the East and the West makes it the most sought-after destination for the expo.
  2. There are approximately 200 nationalities living in the UAE making the country truly global.
  3. The proposed Expo site, Dubai Trade Centre in Jebel Ali, is situated next to the new Dubai World Central – home to Al Maktoum International Airport, and is equidistant between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  4. The site, spanning 438 hectares, is located adjacent to Jebel Ali Port, providing easy access to the 25 million international and local visitors expected.
  5. Dubai’s two airports — Dubai International and DWC-Al-Maktoum International — are best geared to handle the expo traffic in 2020.
  6. Dubai International will be the world’s busiest airport by 2020 in terms of passenger throughput.
  7. Dubai Logistics City is part of a single customs-bonded free zone linked to Jebel Ali Port, the sixth-largest in the world, and the Jebel Ali Free Zone, home to more than 6,400 companies.
  8. Dubai had around 15 million tourists last year, while Abu Dhabi managed to attract 2 million. And the number is only set to grow with each passing year.
  9. The hotel supply in the UAE is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 5.3 per cent from 96,992 hotel rooms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 125,383 hotel rooms in the two emirates by 2016. And a successful 2020 Expo bid will increase that.
  10. Today it does not take business owners more than three days to start up their businesses officially in Dubai.
  11. By 2020, the emirate will be able to offer enough transport links to accommodate about 25 million visitors for Expo 2020.
  12. The mass-transit options for Expo 2020 will include zero-emission buses, new Metro stations and dedicated lanes on key arterial roads to take visitors to the planned site at Dubai Trade Centre – Jebel Ali.
  13. Both Dubai and the UAE are dynamic and multicultural destinations capable of giving the world an exciting and dynamic event.

Expo bid film – 2012: