International press reacts to Dubai Expo 2020 win

Dubai won a bid to host the World Expo 2020 on Thursday, after beating competing cities from Russia, Turkey, and Brazil. (Reuters)

Images of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, filled the front pages of the international press after the emirate’s success in its bid to host the World Expo 2020.

gulf news courtesy

gulf news courtesy

 

“We got it #DubaiEXPO2020” read the front page of the United Arab Emirates’ Gulf News on Thursday.

A large image of Burj Khalifa with celebratory fireworks covered the entire front page of the newspaper.

The National

The National

 

Dubai-based The National headlined a quote by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al-Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai: “We will astonish the world.”

This was followed by an article spread across the front page, recalling the announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, Dubai wins.”

kuwait times

kuwait times

 

The Kuwait Times published an editorial congratulating the leaders and people of the UAE.

An article titled “Dubai makes history: Gulf City to host 2020 World Expo”¬ recapped the event, along with an image of Burj Khalifa’s fireworks.

 

While not publishing any images of Burj Khalifa, the Saudi Gazette announced the “World Expo comes to Dubai” on its front page, and discussed the benefits and potential risks of the win.

the daily star

the daily star

 

The Daily Star ran an article titled “Dubai wins Expo 2020 to become first Arab host city.”

Front-page articles did not analyze what the win means to Dubai, specifically on an economic level, but opinion pieces and other articles discussed the topic thoroughly.

In its article “Dubai Expo 2020 win: top 10 gains,” Gulf Business listed 10 economic sectors and entities, and discussed the impact of the win on them.

These included retail, banking, airlines, recruitment, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and sustainability.

In an opinion piece published in Gulf Business, John Bailey - financial planner at Acuma Independent Financial Advice - covered “what lies ahead,” including infrastructure costs, the expectation of competition from local and global resourcing companies, and the housing sector.

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