Canada on Tuesday became the latest world power to add its support to Dubai’s bid to host the World Expo in 2020.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, announced that Canada will support the bid to take the World Expo to the Middle East for the first time.
“Canada believes it is time for the Middle East to host the world at a time of such hope and challenge in the region, and Dubai is best placed to bring together the most diverse group of peoples from around the world, to share ideas, aspirations, and concrete solutions for the future,” said Baird.
“Canada’s support for Dubai reflects our commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond.”
His comments come just a few days after British Prime Minister David Cameron backed Dubai to win the World Expo 2020 event.
The other cities still in the race to host the prestigious event are Sao Paulo in Brazil, Yekaterinburg in Russia and Izmir in Turkey.
The 167 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the organisers, will cast their votes on November 27.
Fast added: “The United Arab Emirates has built a prosperous, open and secure society in roughly one generation and world-class and innovative Canadian businesses are eager to build stronger trade and investment ties with this strategic, priority market.
“By supporting Dubai Expo 2020, we’re showing our UAE partners that Canada is committed to taking our relationship to new heights which will create new opportunities for people in both countries.”
The UAE is also home to over 100 major Canadian companies, and approximately 40,000 Canadians live and work there.
Former US President Bill Clinton and London Mayor Boris Johnson also have publicly backed Dubai.