Canada supports Dubai’s bid for World Expo 2020

WAM DUBAI, 5th November, 2013 (WAM) — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, and Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Canada will support Dubai’s bid for World Expo 2020, which would be the first expo ever to be held in the Middle East and in the Arab world.

“Canada believes it is time for the Middle East to host the world at a time of such hope and challenge in the region, and Dubai is best placed to bring together the most diverse group of peoples from around the world, to share ideas, aspirations, and concrete solutions for the future,” said Baird in a statement issued by the Canadian government earlier today. “Canada’s support for Dubai reflects our commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond.” Ed Fast noted that in the short span of just 40 years, the United Arab Emirates has made tremendous gains.

“The United Arab Emirates has built a prosperous, open and secure society in roughly one generation and world-class and innovative Canadian businesses are eager to build stronger trade and investment ties with this strategic, priority market,” said Fast. “By supporting Dubai Expo 2020, we are showing our U.A.E. partners that Canada is committed to taking our relationship to new heights which will create new opportunities for people in both countries.” Canada’s support for Dubai is based on the strength of Dubai’s proposals and on its theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” Dubai is amongst a strong list of candidates, Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).

The statement continued to say that it is “fitting that as the 21st century unfolds, a world exposition based on ideas, diversity and the knowledge economy, should be held at one of the most connected cities in the world. The U.A.E. is also home to over 100 major Canadian companies, and approximately 40,000 Canadians live and work there, contributing to its economic development.” Speaking after the announcement today, Sultan Al Mansouri, the U.A.E. Minister of Economy said, “Our bilateral relations with Canada have gone from strength to strength in recent years and the Canadian endorsement of Dubai’s EXPO bid is the most recent evidence of this very positive trajectory. I am confident that visitors of the EXPO 2020 would find Dubai and the U.A.E. to be a place that embodies a culture of openness and tolerance – a place that is connecting minds and creating the Future.” Notification of Canada’s support was conveyed in a meeting held today between Arif Lalani, Canada’s Ambassador to the U.A.E., and Reem Al Hashemi, U.A.E. Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020.

“Dubai is the right city at the right time! By supporting its Expo bid, Canada stands with the U.A.E. and its bold aspirational vision for the future – a world built on big ideas, and big collaboration,” noted Ambassador Lalani.

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