DUBAI THE WINNER

This refers to the article, ‘Dubai frontrunner for Expo 2020’, (KT, August 28). It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that Dubai remains a firm favourite in its bid to host the Expo 2020.

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Published: Fri 30 Aug 2013, 11:42 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:09 PM

As far as Dubai residents are concerned, it’s a foregone conclusion that Dubai will seal the bid on November 27, 2013, when the voting takes place. This is because not only does Dubai have a ‘can do’ attitude, rather it has a ‘can excel ‘ approach in whatever endeavour it commits itself to.

With all due respect to the other bidding cities, hosting of a World Expo does require some existing world-class infrastructure and facilities and it is on this score that Dubai is miles ahead in the competition. Be it its airports, roads, countless hotels and numerous shopping plus recreational facilities etc.

The government is friendly, firm and there are no bureaucratic hurdles to speak of.

Dubai is also virtually crime-free and is counted amongst the safest cities in the world. It is also a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic haven with expatriates from over 200 countries peacefully coexisting with each other.

On a humorous note, Dubai deserves to win, as alphabetically it features above Izmir, Sao Paulo and Yekaterinburg!

Amitabh Saxena, Dubai



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