Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has dedicated the emirate’s Expo 2020 victory to the UAE’s president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and its people.

In a statement released shortly after Dubai beat rivals Sao Paulo (Brazil), Ekaterinburg (Russia) and Izmir (Turkey) for the right to host the prestigious event, Sheikh Mohammed said: “We congratulate the nation, our president and all people in the UAE on Dubai’s winning bid to host the greatest exhibition in the world.

“I extend my thanks to HH Sheikh Khalifa for his great support, and to every country that voted for Dubai to host Expo 2020. I am proud of our teams who earned this victory for Dubai with two years of hard work, dedication and commitment.”

He also ordered that Thursday be declared a holiday for all educational institutions across the UAE to celebrate Dubai’s World Expo 2020 win.

He added: “We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020. Dubai will bring to life our vision: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Our goal is to build a better future for the region’s youth. The UAE will achieve it through collaboration and inspiration at the event.

“Dubai Expo 2020 will breathe new life into the ancient role of the Middle East as a melting pot for cultures and creativity.”

Sheikh Mohammed, also PM and vice-president of the UAE, went on to say: “Today, we have two reasons to celebrate. The UAE’s epic win to host the world’s most prestigious fair adds to our joy of celebrating the 42nd National Day of our beloved country.

“It is by the unwavering efforts of the leadership and the people of the UAE that this aspiration became reality.”

Sheikh Mohammed also asserted that Dubai Expo 2020 will “undoubtedly stand out as the best edition in the history of the event in terms of preparation and presentation”. see more

source: arabianbusiness