Dubai has won the bid to host the 2020 World Expo the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) announced Wednesday evening after counting the votes of its 167 member countries in Paris.
Dubai's proposal, which won 116 votes and triumphed over plans from Ekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey and Sao Paulo in Brazil, will mark the first time the event is held in the Middle East. The event will take place shortly before another capital-intensive project – the 2022 World Cup in neighboring Qatar.
The skyline of downtown Dubai came alight with a firework display above the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. In the last few months, the Emirate went into overdrive to make its case for hosting the world's fair, and campaign advertisements have become engrained in the city's landscape.
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