Speaking after Dubai was selected as host of Expo 2020, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
I am delighted that Dubai has been chosen to host Expo 2020 especially given the other strong contenders. But as I have said before, Dubai’s bid stands out and does so for a number of reasons. Its position as a global hub, its dynamism as a city and as an exciting place for people to share their ideas and culture. Given the can-do attitude of Dubai as demonstrated by its extraordinary development, I have no doubt that Expo 2020 will be a hugely successful affair, and one which will show the world that the region is full of vision and human potential.