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Dubai drumming up support for Expo 2020 bid

posted on 24/06/2012: 2886 views

UAE residents are being urged to boost Dubai's bid to become the first Middle Eastern city to host the World Expo - the event at which the best in global architecture, design and culture is on show.

The team preparing the emirate's bid for the 2020 edition of the event wants people to write an essay or poem in English or Arabic to explain why they think Dubai is suited to host the Expo - and there's top prizes on offer for the most creative submissions.

The theme for the next Expo, which is held every four years and attracts millions of visitors, is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. The Dubai bid team is hopeful that a successful publicity campaign will increase the emirate's chances of being upgraded from ‘Candidate City' to ‘Expo host'.

Members of the public who put forward a creative explanation - which can also take the format of a short film, painting or photograph - of why Dubai should host the event, could be named an ‘Expo Ambassador' and be off to Paris to represent the UAE as a guest of the Expo 2020 team. Other prizes include Expo-themed tablet computers.

The campaign has already begun attracting attention

online - with the more than 6,000 likes on Facebook and hundreds more following the bid on Twitter.

This year's Expo is being held in Yeosu, South Korea and as many as eight million people are expected to have attended by the time it finishes on August 12.

This year's theme is ‘The Living Ocean and Coast' and is aimed at focussing global attention on the sustainable use of oceans and coastlines.

The UAE Pavilion at the event has been designed to showcase our coast and provide an overview of the UAE's maritime heritage. The event team has set up a viewing area in the Pavilion to show specially commissioned films highlighting the pivotal role of the sea in trade and the need for ecological sustainability on the Gulf coast. For more details, visit – 7Days


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