Dubai is First Arab City to win Expo in 2020

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Dubai, the emirate that teetered on the brink of default in 2009, was picked to host World Expo 2020 exhibition to become the first Middle Eastern city to win a bid in the event’s 162-year history. Dubai beat Turkey’s Izmir, Russia’s Ekaterinburg and Brazil’s Sao Paulo in a vote organized by the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris today. The emirate, whose economy is rebounding as its hospitality and property industries flourish, plans to attract 25 million visitors during the six-month event starting Oct. 20, 2020. 

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