David Cameron, Prime Minister of UK / 30 October 2013
On November 27, delegates from around the world will meet to decide the venue for Expo 2020. I believe they should choose Dubai. Let me explain why.
First, this is Dubai’s moment. As you approach Dubai its incredible skyline makes a stunning first impression. But as I discovered when I visited last year, you leave with a lasting impression of something far greater.
In just 50 years, Dubai has been transformed from a small fishing and pearling town into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. This is a city where you will hear Arabic, Urdu, Malayalam, Somali, Tagalog, Russian and English all being spoken and where more than 200 nationalities live and work.
One hundred thousand Britons call Dubai home, while thousands more visit for work or vacation, with over 20 flights between Dubai and the UK every day. Dubai is a city that shows how different cultures and peoples can converge behind common goals, living and working side by side. I am proud that the UK has played a part in this and delighted to be making the case for this city to get the global recognition that Expo 2020 would bring.
Second, holding Expo 2020 in Dubai will remind the world that the Middle East is a region with potential and dynamism, a source of innovation for generations past, present and future. More info