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Bill Clinton: Dubai is in a strong position to win the bid for EXPO 2020

posted on 11/04/2013: 4766 views

Former US President Bill Clinton yesterday addressed students of the American University in Dubai (AUD), on his 6th visit to the campus since he spoke at the university's graduation back in 2002.

During an open session with more than 500 of the AUD students, President Clinton praised the UAE's achievements and vision for the future, underlining the richness of its diversified social structure.

"Places that have come back from the tough economic crisis the best and the quickest are the ones which have an operative model which creates cooperation across all sectors of society, races, religions, and ethnic groups, where people find a way to celebrate and are proud of their differences and they work together in shared responsibility,' explained President Clinton.

"That's what Dubai and the UAE represent and I think you are in a strong position to win the bid for Expo 2020 because Dubai's model of shared prosperity is more important today than ever and an inspiration to many countries in the Middle East." Earlier, President Clinton started the open session with students saying "I first came here to AUD 11 years ago and I love this place! AUD represents the future of this region and the larger world. But don't get careless and keep doing what you do best here in Dubai." The AUD's Executive Vice President Elias Bou Saab welcomed the former US President and said: "Welcoming President Clinton back on campus is always a great thrill for us at AUD. We are proud to call him a friend, and a true inspiration to everyone." He was speaking in the presence of AUD's President Dr. Lance de Masi, US Consul General in Dubai Mr. Rob Weller, AUD Governing Board Members Mr. Joseph Ghossoub and a number of administrators and faculty.

During the session, students took turns asking questions revolving around the peace in the Middle East, the conflict in Syria, and North Korea, as well the President's view on Africa as a developing continent.

President Clinton toured the studios and facilities of the Mohammed bin Rashid School for Communication with Dean Ali Jaber and met with some of the school's students studying on under the Mohammed bin Rashid Scholarship Program at AUD stating that this program opens the door to top flight media education to students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to pursue their dreams, such an outstanding example of wisdom and generosity is highly uncommon.

He also met with the currently enrolled Clinton Scholars at AUD, who happily took a picture with him captivating the celebration of the 155th Clinton Scholar at AUD, part of the special scholarship program created in the President's name. The President also took the time to chat with the AUD Student Government Association members. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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