Dubai will be the first destination in the Middle East to host the six-month event, which takes place every five years.
The expo will take place at the Dubai Trade Center – Jebel Ali. A large exhibition centre and new hotels will be built to cope with the size of the event. Dubai's metro line will also be extended.
Russia's Yekaterinburg lost to Dubai in the final round of voting, which took place in Paris yesterday (27 November). Izmir in Turkey and São Paulo in Brazil were also contenders.
World Expos are a key meeting point for millions of visitors to share innovations and discuss issues of international importance such as the economy and sustainable development.
Between October 2020 and April 2021, more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2020, 70% of whom will be from outside the UAE – the largest number of international visitors in Expo history.
The event is expected to generate £14bn for the Gulf city. Dubai's authorities anticipate that the event will cost a total of £5.2bn, with government spending of around £4bn on infrastructure projects.
The Shanghai Expo in 2010 helped to transform a heavily industrial city into a cultural centre.
The next World Expo takes place in Milan, Italy, in 2015.
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