Agence France-PresseNovember 27, 2013 15:17
The Gulf emirate of Dubai celebrated its successful bid on Wednesday to host the World Expo 2020, with its ruler promising to "astonish" the world.
Fireworks exploded off the sides of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, after the result of the competition held in Paris was announced.
Jubilant residents cruised through the city in their cars waving flags of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a member.
"We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020," said the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, in a government statement.