Dubai Expo 2020: Quotes From The Top

As the Expo 2020 announcement looms closer, Gulf Business recounts memorable quotes about Dubai’s bid.



With less than 48 hours to go before the Expo 2020 vote is declared, here’s a quick glance at some of the best and memorable quotes that capture the essence of Dubai’s bid.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

“Our region deserves the chance to organise this great world exhibition. Our country is ready to host it. We will keep our promise in connecting great minds to build a better future and we will organise the best event in the history of the World Expo.”

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development

“If you want an incomparable Expo, if you want an Expo that provides living experiences that blend the many diverse elements of the global society, if you want an Expo that expresses the state and aspirations of the world, you have come to the right city.”

Mohammed Al Gergawi

Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the Federal Government of the UAE and Chairman of Dubai Holding

“I think the Expo is a natural story for Dubai. We will be connecting minds together and people together.”

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Minister of Development and International Cooperation

“Dubai is the living model of what the Expo is all about. It’s about partnerships and alliances.”

Reem Al Hashimy

UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee

“The spirit behind Dubai Expo is not to put on a show but also to create opportunities and share expertise. You can deliver a great expo but that expo must have a great legacy.”

Sultan Bin Sulayem

Chairman, DP World

“I don’t see anybody capable of doing an Expo other than Dubai because we are central. We are ready to host the world in 2020, and we are fully capable of organising the best event ever in the history of this global gathering.”

Ian Henry

Director of Centre for Olympic Studies and Research at Loughborough University

“Good bids have to express ideals but also be realistic. Dubai shows concrete evidence of its ability to host the Expo 2020.”

Chris Luebkeman

Director for Global Foresight and Innovation at Arup, a global design and engineering firm

“Seven years is a short time but I can’t imagine better place to make that drive real.”

Hamad Sharaf

An Emirati who flew the Expo flag atop Mt. Kilimanjaro

“We thought climbing the highest mountain in Africa was symbolic of how, with passion and determination, obstacles can be overcome and challenges met. It is this spirit that has made Dubai and the UAE what they are today, and it is that spirit that makes our bid for Expo 2020 so strong.”