Canada supports Dubai's bid for World Expo 2020
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, and Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, yesterday announced that Canada will support Dubai's bid for World Expo 2020, which would be the first expo ever to be held in the Middle East and in the Arab world.
"Canada believes it is time for the Middle East to host the world at a time of such hope and challenge in the region, and Dubai is best placed to bring together the most diverse group of peoples from around the world, to share ideas, aspirations, and concrete solutions for the future," said Baird in a statement issued by the Canadian government. "Canada's support for Dubai reflects our commitment to the dynamism, hope and future of emerging economies in the region and beyond." Ed Fast noted that in the short span of just 40 years, the United Arab Emirates has made tremendous gains.
"The United Arab Emirates has built a prosperous, open and secure society in roughly one generation and world-class and innovative Canadian businesses are eager to build stronger trade and investment ties with this strategic, priority market," said Fast. "By supporting Dubai Expo 2020, we are showing our UAE partners that Canada is committed to taking our relationship to new heights which will create new opportunities for people in both countries." Canada's support for Dubai is based on the strength of Dubai's proposals and on its theme of "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." Dubai is amongst a strong list of candidates, Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey) and Sao Paulo (Brazil).
The statement continued to say that it is "fitting that as the 21st century unfolds, a world exposition based on ideas, diversity and the knowledge economy, should be held at one of the most connected cities in the world. The UAE is also home to over 100 major Canadian companies, and approximately 40,000 Canadians live and work there, contributing to its economic development." Speaking after the announcement yesterday, Sultan Al Mansouri, the UAE Minister of Economy said, "Our bilateral relations with Canada have gone from strength to strength in recent years and the Canadian endorsement of Dubai's EXPO bid is the most recent evidence of this very positive trajectory. I am confident that visitors of the EXPO 2020 would find Dubai and the UAE to be a place that embodies a culture of openness and tolerance - a place that is connecting minds and creating the Future." Notification of Canada's support was conveyed in a meeting held yesterday between Arif Lalani, Canada's Ambassador to the UAE, and Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020.
"Dubai is the right city at the right time! By supporting its Expo bid, Canada stands with the UAE and its bold aspirational vision for the future - a world built on big ideas, and big collaboration," noted Ambassador Lalani.
UAE gears up for National Day
The Flag Island, Qasba Canal waterfront, Al Majaz Waterfront, main government buildings and squares in Sharjah City, and key landmarks in Al Dhaid, Kalba and Khorfakkan will be the star attractions of the 42nd National Day celebrations in Sharjah.
The Higher Committee for National Day Celebrations in Sharjah has scheduled a series of festivities to celebrate the National Day, observed annually on Dec.2.
The organising committee, under the chairmanship of Mohammed Ali Al Noman, met at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to discuss the status of preparations and follow-up of the implementation of the action plans adopted by the committee at its first meeting.
The committee had met on Sep.25 to mobilise efforts to highlight the occasion in a grand and befitting national manner.
Al Noman discussed the preparedness with the representatives of various government departments and all the members of sub-committees, including the committee on the events, finance committee, committee for organising competitions and the committee for media and advertising.
The meeting reviewed the stages of the work that has been done so far, and to continue preparations for the start of selected events at several points, including Al Majaz Waterfront, government departments, Flag Island which will be an added attraction this year, the cities of Al Dhaid, Kalba and Khorfakan.
He said that the UAE government is keen to highlight this occasion through organising many events that reflect the identity and history of the nation.?
Al Noman said that the committee wants everyone's participation in this national celebration that is "dear to the hearts of everyone.”
He lauded the active participation and excellence provided by Sharjah Investment and Development wing for creating the Flag Island.
The committee will begin decorating the streets and main squares during the next few days with national flags and photos of Rulers and founding fathers and other images that reflect the occasion of the grand National Day. They will try to include everybody in the event through various competitions such as the most beautiful car, the most beautiful home, the most beautiful school and the best poem contest expressing national pride and so on.