In 2011 the Government of Dubai announced its intention to bid to host the World Expo in 2020, with the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

Preparation for the bid involved close cooperation between many different Government Departments as well as the Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating World Expos.

The Expo 2020 Dubai Masterplan for the bid came together over a 6-month period and resulted in an aspirational but viable project centred around the 3 sub-themes of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.

Chris was responsible for delivering 5 chapters of the Bid Book, which was completed and submitted to the B.I.E. in December 2012. An intense period of lobbying followed, which culminated with the United Arab Emirates being awarded the right to host the World Expo in 2020, ahead of strong competition from Russia, Turkey, Brazil and Thailand.

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