x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Emiratis Ahmed Al Kaabi and Abdulrahman Al Baloshi expect Dubai will win the bid to host Expo 2020.

Ahmed Al Kaabi, 30, and Abdulrahman Al Baloshi, 33, who work together at a bank, think winning the bid will mean even greater things for Dubai. Clint McLean for The National
Ahmed Al Kaabi, 30, and Abdulrahman Al Baloshi, 33, who work together at a bank, think winning the bid will mean even greater things for Dubai. Clint McLean for The National

Martin Croucher

DUBAI // Ahmed Al Kaabi and his colleague Abdulrahman Al Baloshi believe winning Expo 2020 will spark widespread celebration across the country.

The final vote to determine which city will host the world’s fair in seven years is on Wednesday.

Just five days later, the country will celebrate National Day.

“It will be the biggest National Day celebrations in a long time if Dubai wins the bid,” said Mr Al Kaabi, 30, an Emirati.

“It would be a very big thing for Emiratis.”

He is “sure, 100 per cent” that Dubai will win the bid. “Very good days are coming to us,” he said.

It is not yet clear whether there will an official announcement, or celebration, should Dubai win.

Mr Al Kaabi works at National Bank of Abu Dhabi with Mr Al Baloshi, who said winning the bid could lift the country’s fortunes even further.

“The economy will go up,” he said. “Lots of investment will come to the UAE and the country will grow faster than ever before.”

He said the country was well suited to host dozens of nationalities from around the world.

“Emiratis are hospitable people,” he said. “We would welcome thousands of people from around the world to visit our country for work or tourism.

“This is the best place to host the expo.”

mcroucher@thenational.ae