Mission 2020: We kept the faith and won the rights to host the Expo

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Mission 2020: We kept the faith and won the rights to host the Expo

A majority of UAE residents expect Expo 2020 to positively impact their lives before and after the event.

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Published: Sat 16 Apr 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 16 Apr 2016, 9:02 AM

We felt part of this victory and the campaign that led to this happy moment. Flags fluttered across the country, horns blared, people were on the streets celebrating late into the night. Ours was the best Expo 2020 bid. We deserved to win. The Russians stood in Dubai's way, but we pulled clear of them in the third round of voting in Paris. With the Expo in our pocket on November 28, 2013, we were inspired to come up the best headline in town. 'Yes, we did it!' we screamed.
"Dubai's tally of 116 out of 163 votes put Russia's Ekaterinburg in the shade and there was not a moment to lose as the Burj Khalifa came to life with fireworks and residents rejoiced,'' said our report beneath a picture of people cheering for the city they love . The Rulers lauded the effort of the Expo team. Patrick Michael, the executive editor, raced against the clock to write his piece. "It's a new realm of growth for Dubai and the UAE," he wrote. More than $8.1 billion will be invested in building new infrastructure for the Expo.
A majority of UAE residents expect Expo 2020 to positively impact their lives before and after the event.
It is widely believed that it will give a 60% boost to real estate, tourism and financial services.
A report by Standard Chartered estimates that 300,000 direct jobs and around a million indirect jobs will be created by 2020. Since 25 to 30 million people are expected to visit the country during the Expo, 90 per cent of the jobs available will be in the travel and tourism sector. These job opportunities are expected to be created from 2018 to 2021.
Skills in customer service, engineering, architecture, urban planning and infrastructure development will be in high demand during the preparation for the event.


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