Dubai, March 14 (EFE).- The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, today defended again the candidacy of his city to host an international exhibition in 2027, for which he tried to obtain the support of the countries participating in Expo Dubai, during a second visit to this event organized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“The BIE assembly in mid-2023 will decide which city should host Expo 2027, so coming to Expo Dubai was an opportunity as it is the last to be held before then,” explained From the Torre to Efe.
“It is necessary to give data and reasons that explain why the candidacy of Spain and Malaga should be chosen”, explained the mayor, who underlined that Expo Dubai was able to summon many representatives of countries ” who have decision-making power in the grounds of the Expos”
For this reason, he participated in an event organized by the Spanish Pavilion, in which he defended the forces in favor of holding the 2027 event in his municipality, which he defined as “the city of light”, praising its initiatives in the field. of sustainability, and its strategic location and excellent communications as the capital of the Costa del Sol
He also insisted that the meeting in Malaga would be an opportunity for a great global debate and an exchange of knowledge and good practices on how to achieve sustainable cities. And he once again recalled the great “institutional unity” that exists around the candidacy, which enjoys, he said, “unwavering support” from central, regional and municipal governments. In fact, the Malaga delegation includes representatives of opposition political groups.
Curator of the Spanish pavilion, Carmen Bueno, also took part in today’s act, recalling that Spanish experts have participated in many of the Dubai Expo pavilions, whether in their architecture or in the exhibition content. “This experience plays in Málaga’s favour,” Bueno stressed.
The UAE pavilion, the host country, was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
GET SUPPORT IN THE BIE
Malaga recently presented to the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) a project entitled “The urban era: towards a sustainable city” in order to organize an Expo between June 5 and September 5, 2027.
The BIE must examine the files of the candidate cities, then it will be the General Assembly of the organization which will then vote to choose the winning city according to the principle “one country, one vote”. Its rivals will be Minnesota, USA, Phuket, Thailand, Belgrade, Serbia, and San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia Argentina.
Unlike universal exhibitions – such as Expo Dubai – with unlimited space and a duration of six months, international exhibitions, now renamed Specialized, last three months and cannot exceed 25 hectares.
The Malaga delegation, which was accompanied by the Spanish Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Iñigo de Palacio, attended a performance by soprano Berna Perles and baritone Carlos Álvarez, who gave a short recital accompanied by a piano and under the impressive installation “Dinamo”, by the artist Daniel Canogar and which is in the lobby of the Spanish pavilion.
PRELIMINARY PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT
De la Torre had already traveled to Dubai on February 12 – also accompanied by part of his municipal government team – to present the Expo 2027 project, on the occasion of the celebration in the Spanish pavilion of the day of Andalusia, in an event that was chaired by the President of the Board of Directors, Juanma Moreno.
Moreno recalled on this occasion the important legacy of the celebration of Expo Seville 1992 and expressed his support for Malaga as the venue for Expo 2027, for whose candidacy he assured that he would take steps to obtain the vote of the Arab countries, including the UAE.
Expo Dubai, held under the slogan “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, will close on March 31 after six months of operation. The number of visitors has already exceeded 17.5 million, in the first such event in an Arab country and the first with a global audience in the post-pandemic phase.
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