Shaikh Hamdan waves UAE flag from top of Burj Khalifa

Dubai won 116 votes out of 163 at the three-phase secret ballot of the BIE General Assembly.



Published: Thu 28 Nov 2013, 6:24 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Sep 2022, 11:04 AM

His Highness, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, today raised the UAE National Flag from the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, to celebrate Dubai’s win at the World Expo 2020 bid as well as the country’s 42nd National Day.

Dubai won the bid yesterday at the BIE General Assembly in Paris, beating Izmir, Sao Paulo and Ekaterinburg.

Dubai won 116 votes out of 163 at the three-phase secret ballot of the General Assembly. Ekaterinburg got 47. Sao Paulo and Izmir were knocked out in the previous two rounds.

Dubai’s win saw grand celebrations all across the UAE, with fireworks at the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Mall was showing the proceedings live on a huge screen.


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