Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb have congratulated the city of Dubai on winning the right to host World Expo 2020.
This will be the first Expo ever to be held in the Middle East, and in the Arab world.
The Ministers hope the Dubai Expo 2020 will provide new and substantial opportunities to broaden links with Australian business as well as promote future growth and stability in the region.
Dubai’s strong bid for Expo 2020 reflects the city’s status as a global centre for the tourism and convention business and a global transport and logistics hub.
In supporting Dubai Expo 2020, Australia has signalled its commitment to strengthen its relationship with the United Arab Emirates and with Dubai.
The relationship is growing, with thriving trade, investment and tourism links, strong defence cooperation and wide-ranging dialogue and collaboration on foreign policy and international security.
About 16,000 Australians live in the UAE, including about 10,000 in Dubai.
Australian has a $5.6 billion trade relationship and about 350 Australian companies are registered in the UAE.
With the introduction of the Qantas-Emirates partnership announced last year, about 500,000 Australians either visit or transit through Dubai each year.
Dubai is also the host of our Australian Defence Force Middle East HQ.
The decision on the Expo 2020 host city was made at the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) late last year.