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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

  
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
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“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
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“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
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“What you seek is seeking you.”
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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
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“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
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“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
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“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
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“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
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“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
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“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
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“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

 
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
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“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

 
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
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Expo 2020 – Dubai:
No other location comes even close
 

  
By Freydoon Khoie

In 1851 Great Britain was arguably the leader of the industrial revolution and the champion of progress in the world. It was, indeed, feeling very secure about its place in the international order. The Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace in London was conceived to symbolise the industrial, military and economic superiority of the nation. Many British people felt secure economically and politically – and Queen Victoria was eager to reinforce the feeling of contentment with her reign.

Fast forward 162 years and Dubai has inherited Great Britain’s mantle. Built upon the perceptive 2020 vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai is energetically and confidently vying to host the Expo 2020 and I firmly and honestly believe that no other country is more qualified for such an event.

I remain confident that next month, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the international organisation responsible for selecting World Expo host cities, will decide that Dubai deserves this cherished accolade. The Emirate is competing against four other candidate cities – Ekaterinburg (Russia), Izmir (Turkey) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). The winner will be announced following a vote by the 163 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions.

For its bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, the UAE has selected the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. This overarching theme is remarkably percipient, given that even though each individual is unique and remarkable in his or her own way, it is only by working collaboratively that people, nations and entire civilisations really progress. Dubai has amply demonstrated its quality leadership by providing a safe, secure and prosperous environment in which over one hundred nationalities live and work together in peace.

A World Expo in Dubai in 2020 would be the first to be held in our West Asia region. That in itself is a remarkable feat. But when you put into context the breath-taking growth and expansion of Dubai over the past 2000 years – from its pivotal position on the Persian Empire’s Royal Road to the Han Dynasty’s Silk Road, from the trading posts of the 19th century to the ultra-sophistication of today’s United Arab Emirates – the development is nothing short of miraculous.

In terms of being ‘connected’, Dubai boasts one of the world’s most modern urban landscapes, state-of-the-art infrastructure and transport links that earn it one of the most hyper-connected places on our planet earth.

As a global trading hub, Dubai is unsurpassed. As an international travel springboard to the world, Dubai International Airport can compete with New York, London and Hong Kong, moving over 60 million people a year through its elegant and glamorous terminals with ease, coupled with the warmth of Middle Eastern hospitality. Indeed, by next year it is set to have the highest passenger footfall of any international airport in the world. Another startling fact is that Emirates Airline is soon to become the biggest airline in the world if not already, with Etihad Airline closing in fast.

Strategically located on the new ‘Southern Silk Road’ between Asia, Europe and Africa, allows Dubai to take advantage of superlative trading conditions and tap the burgeoning economic activity between the world’s most thriving economies.

The UAE is proud to be an experimental ‘laboratory’ for environmental engineering, software development, film production and biotechnology. Abu Dhabi’s world-renowned Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, for example, researches alternative energy and sustainability. While the Masdar City project, a zero-carbon, zero waste urban community, has brought the best minds in the world to bear on how to create the ‘perfect’ residential and commercial environment.

Culturally, the U.A.E. is a regional pioneer, offering in Abu Dhabi, the 27-square-kilometre Saadiyat Island, home to the Zayed National Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, a performing arts centre and maritime museum. Dubai also offers those artistic institutions and the artists, brokers, dealers who service them with unparalleled opportunities. Dubai International Financial Center is truly a remarkable feat of construction engineering and development providing a world class Commercial and residential hub for capital markets.

The Expo 2020 site already selected in Jebel Ali, spread across 1.2 million Square Meters, embracing 180 pavilions. The impressive master plan for the site is pending the end of 2015 for approval – but construction work is expected to start shortly approval and afterwards and the whole site will be complete by 2019.

The economic benefits of Dubai hosting Expo 2020 will be manifold, and magnificent. A recent Economic Impact Report shows Dubai Expo 2020 would support over 277,000 jobs. Some 40% of the employment opportunities generated would be in the travel and tourism sector, indicating significant potential for permanent roles to serve the expanded post-Expo economy, while 85,000 jobs would be created across the wider regional economies.

Of the hundreds of thousands of jobs expected to be created by a successful Expo 2020 bid, Standard Chartered has been reported as saying that some 90 per cent of these will be created between 2018 and 2020. The bank said many are likely to be turned into permanent positions.

Over 17.5 million people will converge on Dubai from around the world, according to the event’s organisers to visit Expo 2020. This equates to 300,000 every day. In addition, exhibitors from more than 180 nations are to flock to Dubai for the Expo 2020. This is why I emphatically add that hardly any other selected target destinations come even close to the modern infrastructure and facilities that Dubai possesses.

Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at aviation consultancy Strategic Aero Research, was recently reported as saying that rival host cities for Expo 2020 in Russia, Brazil and Turkey come nowhere near to matching Dubai not only in terms of their airport capacities, but also with their geographic location and flag carriers. “With Emirates Airline in particular, leveraging Dubai's unique geographic location to pull in and take traffic through Dubai, the other candidate cities do not even have a flagship airline capable of doing the same.”

But the most compelling reason why Dubai should win the imminent bid to host Expo 2020 is best summed up by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, He says: “Dubai today hurls into the future at a Mach speed. Dubai is the dynamic hub of a vast, vibrant, and ever accelerating global market that serves over two billion people across the great East, Central and Western regions of the continent of Asia and North Africa and beyond. We have experienced remarkable progress and change.

“It may well be our cultural values of hospitality, courtesy, respect, and understanding that ultimately persuade the decision makers to support Dubai Expo 2020. Certainly those values will characterise our conduct of that great event just as they have guided our relationship with our international population, constituted as it is by thousands and tens of thousands of people from the very countries whose citizens will visit Dubai Expo 2020."

Sheikh Nahyan added that if the world wants an ‘incomparable’ Expo that provides living experiences that blend the many diverse elements of the global society and expresses the state and aspirations of the world, it has come to the right city. “For Dubai is a city dedicated to human progress – a city whose success is based on the innovation and creative energy of its people – a city that values the educational power of Dubai Expo 2020 – a city whose leader is a man of wisdom and vision – and a city that has always been a crossroads for people, ideas, and commerce, and has always welcomed travellers and visitors with unconditional hospitality. Today we offer that hospitality to the world."

I would end by saying that the decision to hold the Expo 2020 in Dubai is a given and the world will never forget the experience that Dubai will generously and lovingly lavish upon its visitors during the Expo 2020 as it does every year to its well over 20 million visitors.

FT Khoie, is the Chairman of the well-established Dubai based Khoie Group of companies.

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