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Dubai Crown Prince scales Burj Khalifa to celebrate Expo 2020 win

Prince Hamdan says UAE flag is used to being ‘at the top’ after carrying it to peak of world’s tallest tower

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A 15-second video showed the Crown Prince of Dubai sitting atop the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, and carrying the UAE flag in celebration of his country winning the World Expo 2020 bid.

Prince Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum published the video on his Instagram account Wednesday, and wrote a congratulatory message to the UAE.

“This flag is accustomed to being at the top, and all the summits will belong to it,” he wrote in Arabic.

On Wednesday, the UAE beat bids from Turkey’s Izmir, Brazil’s Sao Paulo, Russia’s Yekaterinburg after three rounds of voting by delegates of the 168-nation Bureau International des Expositions in Paris.

After the announcement celebration ensued in the UAE by citizens and residents.

The world’s tallest tower was sparkling with lights. Burj Khalifa, which towers at 2,717 feet, had fireworks around it to show over-the-top glitz festivity.

Winning the World Expo is not only a milestone for the UAE but for the region, as it is the first time a Mideast country will ever host the exhibition.