OxGAPS – The Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies forum has become a supporter of the bid of Dubai to host EXPO 2020. A decision is expected to be announced in Paris in November.
A spokesman for OxGAPS Forum said:
“We are delighted to endorse the bid of Dubai to host EXPO 2020. Dubai is a living example of a global city that has risen in the last half century from modest beginnings to be a dynamic world centre of innovation and trade. This creates a spiritual bond between Dubai and Oxford, with its international character, and its centres of intellectual excellence and innovation. Both cities are also renowned for their multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character and tolerance. We wish success to Dubai in its bid to host EXPO2020. We are sure that, if successful in its endeavour, Dubai will deliver on its bid motto connecting minds, creating the future.”
Dubai’s bid to host EXPO2020 was a few days ago also endorsed by the British Government. Announcing the British support Foreign Secretary William Hague stated:
“Holding the 2020 Expo in Dubai will remind the world that the Middle East is a region of dynamism, innovation and human potential, not the conflict and insecurity for which it is often known. What better place to illuminate the creativity, energy and potential of the region than in Dubai. It can also inspire people to believe they can change their own countries for the better with vision, conviction and hard work.”