Dubai, Thailand battle for World Expo

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The UAE Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Picture: Arno Maierbrugger

Bids for the World Expo 2020, a lucrative biennial convention that rivals the Olympic Games in scale and prestige, are out now. Dubai and Thailand are two of five contenders around the globe bidding to land the exhibition, with the others being Sao Paulo in Brazil, Ekaterinburg in Russia and Izmir in Turkey. A decision is likely to be made next year.

Dubai’s follows the widespread acclaim for the UAE Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, which won two architecture awards and attracted 2 million visitors.

In Thailand, the Convention and Exhibition Bureau has announced that the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya is bidding for being the host of the World Expo 2020. The Thai government has approved the plans to extend its mass transit network, specially the rapid trains system which would link directly to a future World Expo site.

All the competitors will showcase their bids at a gathering in Paris in November, hosted by the Bureau of International Exhibitions.

The World Expo is a large-scale non-commercial fair. Countries apply to host the World Expo and the applications are approved by the international World Expo committee, based in Paris. The World Expo aims to promote the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology. It also aims to allow exhibitors to publicise and display their achievements and improve international relationships.

There are 161 member countries in the World Expo community, with Afghanistan among the latest to join. The exhibitions usually last for six months. Among the criteria for hosting a world fair is ‘involving the local community and leaving a lasting legacy’ – usually in the form of an iconic building.

This year’s World Expo is being held in Yesou, South Korea, and the World Expo 2015 will be held in Milan, Italy. The host country for the World Expo 2017 has yet to be designated, bidders are Australia, Serbia, Lille (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Salamanca (Spain).

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The UAE Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Picture: Arno Maierbrugger

Bids for the World Expo 2020, a lucrative biennial convention that rivals the Olympic Games in scale and prestige, are out now. Dubai and Thailand are two of five contenders around the globe bidding to land the exhibition, with the others being Sao Paulo in Brazil, Ekaterinburg in Russia and Izmir in Turkey. A decision is likely to be made next year.

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The UAE Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Picture: Arno Maierbrugger

Bids for the World Expo 2020, a lucrative biennial convention that rivals the Olympic Games in scale and prestige, are out now. Dubai and Thailand are two of five contenders around the globe bidding to land the exhibition, with the others being Sao Paulo in Brazil, Ekaterinburg in Russia and Izmir in Turkey. A decision is likely to be made next year.

Dubai’s follows the widespread acclaim for the UAE Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, which won two architecture awards and attracted 2 million visitors.

In Thailand, the Convention and Exhibition Bureau has announced that the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya is bidding for being the host of the World Expo 2020. The Thai government has approved the plans to extend its mass transit network, specially the rapid trains system which would link directly to a future World Expo site.

All the competitors will showcase their bids at a gathering in Paris in November, hosted by the Bureau of International Exhibitions.

The World Expo is a large-scale non-commercial fair. Countries apply to host the World Expo and the applications are approved by the international World Expo committee, based in Paris. The World Expo aims to promote the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology. It also aims to allow exhibitors to publicise and display their achievements and improve international relationships.

There are 161 member countries in the World Expo community, with Afghanistan among the latest to join. The exhibitions usually last for six months. Among the criteria for hosting a world fair is ‘involving the local community and leaving a lasting legacy’ – usually in the form of an iconic building.

This year’s World Expo is being held in Yesou, South Korea, and the World Expo 2015 will be held in Milan, Italy. The host country for the World Expo 2017 has yet to be designated, bidders are Australia, Serbia, Lille (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Salamanca (Spain).

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