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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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Dubai 2020 World Expo News And Dubai 2024 Summer Olympics Bid News

im surprised the forum isnt abuzz with this but we all knew it was coming...personally I feel we may have a better chance at the world expo...but hey who knows...

Dubai proposes to host World Expo in 2020

By Zaher Bitar, Staff Reporter
Published: June 28, 2009, 23:13

With the launch of the Dubai 2020 initiative, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday appointed a working group of government and private sector representatives to determine the possibility of hosting the World Expo in 2020.

Shaikh Mohammad said: "The Dubai 2020 initiative will look at how we can shape our environment and society for future generations. Dubai is already home to people of different nationalities and cultures who live in friendship and peace."

The World Expo is the third largest global, non-commercial event in terms of economic and cultural impact, after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.

World Expo aims to promote several aspects of society including art and design, education, culture, science, international trade, technology and tourism.

In 2003, Dubai hosted the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. It has the region's largest expo facilities.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief and member of the working group, told Gulf News: "There is no doubt that Dubai is a mega city which is able to host such a large Expo. Far from the strategic location of Dubai between East and West, the international standard of security, infrastructure and services in Dubai ensures the potential of hosting the World Expo in 2020."

Dubai Municipality's Acting Director, Hussain Nasser Lootah, said: "Although a big team was appointed to look at the possibility of hosting the World Expo, I do believe that Dubai is up to it and will be successful in hosting the World Expo in 2020. Dubai has the essential bases of success and we are not worried about hosting such a huge expo."

http://www.gulfnews.com/business/Spe.../10326931.html

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Old June 29th, 2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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Olympics, World Expo key Dubai 2020 goals

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Last updated: June 28, 2009, 22:22

Dubai: A new initiative, 'Dubai 2020', has been launched to engage Emirati society in shaping their nation's future in a bid to host the World Expo and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the initiative on Sunday.

Dubai 2020 will focus on a number of sectors within Dubai and expand to cover the UAE. The initiative is in line with Shaikh Mohammad's vision for Dubai's future ambitions that have no limits.

A work group made up of representatives from the government and private sectors will explore the potential of Dubai to host the two major events in 2020.

Shaikh Mohammad said: "We need to engage our community in Dubai and the UAE in a discussion about our vision and everyone's role in our future.

"For this we need a clear, common goal that highlights shared universal human values. The Dubai 2020 initiative will look at how we can shape our environment and society for future generations.

"It will address, in an integrated way, the building blocks that underpin social and economic progress - sport, education, culture, business, science, technology, health and the environment.

"These two global events, the Olympic Games and World Expo, give us a sense of common purpose and play to our strengths," Shaikh Mohammad said.

"Dubai is already home to people of different cultures who live together in harmony and peace. And I believe we can deepen this respect and mutual understanding if we work together to achieve something spectacular and meaningful," he added.

Bringing together these two world events in one place for the first time in the Middle East would be an unprecedented landmark move that combines business, science and technology on one side, and sport, education and culture on the other.

The work group will be chaired by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, while Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum will be Vice- Chairman.

A feasibility study will be undertaken before further decisions are taken regarding making any formal bids to the International Olympic Committee and the Bureau of International Expositions.

The public will be invited to participate.

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10326757.html

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Old June 30th, 2009, 07:02 AM   #3
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Dubai bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, announced an interest in bidding for the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Winning the 2016 Olympic bid could increase the speed of Dubai's emergence as a leading world city. Ultimately, Dubai did not submit a bid by the September 2007 deadline.

Factors For the Bid

Dubai's recent economic and structural development would play in its favor.[1] The construction of the Dubai Sports City and a multitude of new hotels - such as the Burj al-Arab - would also boost its chances.

Another factor in favour of the Dubai bid is its location - although this is also a major disadvantage (see below). Because no country in Latin (except for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City) or South America, Africa, Southern Asia or the Middle East has ever hosted the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee is eager to grant a city in one of these regions the chance to host the Games.[2]


Factors Against The Bid

One main concern with the Dubai bid is the weather.[1] During the summer, city temperatures can reach 45 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit), a fact that would prove disastrous to competing athletes. However, this could be somewhat improved if the Games were to be held in the early Autumn. Also, in terms of sporting history, the UAE have had a very small presence of athletes in prior Olympics, having only ever won one medal.

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Olympics in peak summer in Dubai? July/August is the worst time to be in Dubai!

I for one would love for something of such a global scale to be in Dubai, but i doubt if it will happen since the weather during this period is absolute killer!
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Old June 30th, 2009, 09:02 AM   #5
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Realty expects positive impact of Dubai 2020
Emirates Business 24/7

30 June 2009
Hosting large-scale events such as the World Expo and the Olympic Games in 2020 will have a positive impact on the real estate sector, but developers must not over-build in anticipation, said real estate analysts.

"Dubai does have a lot of attributes in order to hold such large-scale events and the Government of Dubai is sending a strong message to the world by announcing the Dubai 2020 initiative. Hosting such a large-scale event does have a tremendous positive impact on different sectors, including the real estate sector," said Blair Hagkull, Managing Director, Mena, Jones Lang LaSalle.

"What Dubai Government will now require to do will be to set up a planning committee that will come up with a technical plan that will determine the supply and demand for existing facilities, accommodation and infrastructure. Usually there is always a tremendous sign-off to different sectors as a result of hosting such large-scale events."

According to Hagkull, Jones Laing La Salle has been active in major global sporting events. "We managed the facilities in the Beijing Olympics, the sporting and meeting arenas. We have been key advisors to the UK Government for the 2012 Olympic event. So this is an area of key significance to us."

He said the real estate sector always underpins the entire endeavour of hosting such large-scale events. "Hosting such events has a number of significant requirements with the entire endeavour becoming a nation building exercise. It is important that they are done according to global standards. Real estate is always an important factor in all this," he said.

On Sunday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched Dubai 2020, a new initiative that will explore the emirate's potential to host the World Expo and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

Chet Riley, Equity Research, Middle East, Nomura International, said there is definitely a speculative activity that happens just before the launch of such large-scale events. "We saw that in Spain, Sydney and in the UK too. There is always a run-up in the real estate prices before the event is held. However, we do not see any immediate impact on the real estate sector as the 2020 initiative is still a long-term plan."

Riley said it was important for developers not to over-build in anticipation of the event.

Robert Mckinnon, Managing Director, Equity Research, Al Mal Capital, said if people are convinced that the events are going to really happen in Dubai then the real estate market will see a positive effect.

"This is a long-term initiative and we don't anticipate any immediate surge in real estate prices as a result of the announcement. There could be some initial buying on the back of it, but any impact of this will be felt just prior to hosting the event."

Mckinnon said hosting such events generally forced infrastructure spending. "This is good for the real estate market as increased infrastructure spending will have a positive impact on the sector as well."

He said Dubai's infrastructure tends to be good when it is finished and Dubai is indeed equipped to provide good infrastructure and facilities to host events such as the World Expo and Olympics in 2020.

"We have seen the Metro entering its final phases and it is looking very good. The road networks as well have a good finish, while it maybe a little painful when the work is being done. However, when it is finished these roads offer better traffic flow. We have seen it in the Arabian Ranches and Dubailand roundabout," said Mckinnon.

Hagkull said significant infrastructure expenditure goes into the market prior to hosting large-scale events and the real estate sector will always benefit as a result.

By Staff Writer

© Emirates Business 24/7 2009

http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidZA...20Dubai%202020

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Old June 30th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #6
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Olympics in peak summer in Dubai? July/August is the worst time to be in Dubai!

I for one would love for something of such a global scale to be in Dubai, but i doubt if it will happen since the weather during this period is absolute killer!
you know I was thinking abt this...but I think I read it in some paper abt how melbourne, i think, had similar issue with the heat...but they still got the games...granted it was 1956...but then wuldnt that ALWAYS rule out the middle east and africa??? who knows...but its not like we cant win...and besides...whats one 100K capacity air conditioned stadium??? LOL! :P

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they could be put to the winter season....

or they could use Bawadi Mall for indoor marathon
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New Firm Key to Games Bid

1 July 2009
DUBAI — Falcon and Associates, the company leading a government study into a possible bid by Dubai to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, will bring knowledge, support and strategic thinking to help the city fulfil its potential.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a law on Tuesday establishing the company.

Shaikh Mohammed announced on Sunday the city’s plans to consider hosting the Games and the World Expo, and Falcon and Associates’ managing role.

The company will establish and own media-related commercial institutions and companies, through ownership or by holding shares or stocks. It will also focus on helping Dubai achieve social, economic and trade-related goals.

Ahmad Abdullah Al Shaikh, the Media Escort of the Ruler of Dubai and Managing Director of His Highness’ Media Office, was appointed Chairman of Falcon and Associates.

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Making the Olympic dream a reality

By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
Published: June 30, 2009, 22:52

http://www.gulfnews.com/sport/Olympic/10327576.html

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Dubai has capacity to shock with its achievements: Khalid

By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter

http://www.gulfnews.com/sport/Olympic/10327577.html

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fair and balanced news coverage! :P

Olympic dream or a flaming nightmare? print this article email this article post your comments


Tuesday 30 Jun, 2009

7DAYS reported yesterday how Dubai has taken the first steps towards bidding for the 2020 Games. Today sports editor Barry King looks at whether a growing city such as ours actually needs the mammoth event

Dubai may be in the starting blocks for an Olympic Games bid, but it is arguably one race the emirate does not need to contemplate even lining up for, let alone compete in.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, has taken the first official step towards Dubai entering the running to host the 2020 Games after setting up a committee to look at the feasibility of launching a bid.

But should Dubai decide to launch that bid, which would have to be officially lodged by the middle of 2013, and somehow pull it off, it would rank as a bigger achievement than legendary Olympian Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals in the pool in Beijing last year.

This emirate very much has a ‘build it and they will come’ mentality and no one - despite numerous efforts - can knock what has been achieved so far.
From a championship golf course (Emirates Golf Club) and ski slope in the middle of the desert, to the world’s tallest buildings, Dubai has been there, seen it, done it.

But building an ‘Olympic’ city is something completely different.

And while we’d all love to see the flame burning bright here, there are some huge hurdles in the way. The biggest is the weather.

Since the Olympics became big business in Los Angeles in 1984 the ‘summer’ Games have been held in July or August, occasionally being allowed to creep into September.

Clearly with temperatures touching 50 degrees Celsius it would be impossible for the Games to be held here at that time of the year.

There have been suggestions that the International Olympic Committee would be willing to push the two-week extravaganza back, but neighbouring Qatar’s bid for the 2016 Games fell at the first hurdle because they wanted to stage it in October.

Major sponsors, including some of the world’s biggest brands jump aboard the Olympic bandwagon because the Games are held in the summer months, knowing full well that their target audience, the world’s watching millions, is on vacation. Fewer people take holidays from October onwards so hosting the Games then would hit all-important revenue streams.

Then we have the holy month of Ramadan, which according to 7DAYS’ calculations would begin in October of 2020 and run into November. A non-starter.

Cost is another high hurdle.

Beijing reportedly ran up bills of $40 billion, millions of which went on opening ceremony fireworks, to stage the Games in 2008. Meanwhile London is heavily in debt trying to make it in time to host the 2012 Games.

The opening of Atlantis shows us Dubai knows how to do fireworks, but can it stand the financial strain?

And what happens to the purpose-built Olympic arenas once the world’s top athletes are long gone?

Since Athens was left with a number of ‘white elephants’ after the 2004 Games, the IOC has been pretty hard on cities looking to host the Games providing in-depth details of future use.

Beijing made all kinds of promises about its iconic ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium but it stands empty today. And with Dubai having such a small sporting community, and condensed sporting calendar, questions would be raised on how the stadia would be used again.

One contentious issue, which could prove the biggest stumbling block, is whether Israeli athletes would be allowed to enter the UAE to compete.
The authorities caused a stir around the sporting world back in February when tennis player Shahar Peer was banned from competing in the Dubai Tennis Championship.

As a member of the IOC, Israel has the right to compete in any Games.

So, is it all worth it and how would Dubai benefit? The emirate would see an increase in tourism, international prestige and recognition, perhaps.

But does Dubai need the hassle of hosting the Olympics?

It’s like asking your relatives to come and stay with you for a fortnight. It all seems a good idea at the time, but after a few days it’s just one big headache.

Doesn’t Dubai have enough international prestige as it is? The emirate’s PR machine has, very cleverly got the world to sit up and take notice already.

But that should be as far as it goes - register an interest then leave it to others to squabble, throwing time, effort and money on a two-week fling, while you sit back and watch your athletes do the country proud from afar.

On your marks, get set, STOP.

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Old July 1st, 2009, 01:25 PM   #11
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Dubai has zero chance to host the Olympic, this is just marketing , nothing else.
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I agree that this is all marketing, we've seen many propaganda initiatives recently.

but never say Dubai get a zero chance, I am optimistic !
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right, we dont know the weather after 50-100 years , maybe then Dubai can apply the Winter games as well

I think the World Expo is better idea.
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Dubai 2020 olympics will be moved to October if bid is successfull.
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It would make more sense to have the Olympics split between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Between them they should be able to provide enough facilities to host the games.
On the other hand an influx of many thousands of westerners may not work too well in a Muslim country.
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It would make more sense to have the Olympics split between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Between them they should be able to provide enough facilities to host the games.
On the other hand an influx of many thousands of westerners may not work too well in a Muslim country.
Is that a joke? the whole country is flooded with westerners anyway...
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Dubai has what it takes to host the Biggest Show on Earth

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Is that a joke? the whole country is flooded with westerners anyway...
Are u kidding? Most of the westerners in the UAE understand the culture and how to behave because they live there.
Hundreds of thousands of western visitors on the other hand wouldnt understand.
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I am not so sure about Dubai's Olympic dream, but the World Expo is definitely a possibility.
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Are u kidding? Most of the westerners in the UAE understand the culture and how to behave because they live there.
Hundreds of thousands of western visitors on the other hand wouldnt understand.
And what about binge-drinking tourists? they are there anyway...
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