Those of you not in the UAE may have missed the fact that this evening Dubai has been selected to host the World Expo in 2020. The vote took place this evening in Paris and Dubai romped home against three competitors. The results of the vote were eagerly awaited throughout the UAE, it reminded me of waiting to hear if London had won the right to host the Olympics. And the outpouring of job seems to be the same too, fireworks on the Burj Khalifa and celebrations on the streets of Dubai apparently.
More importantly we are all now sat waiting to find out whether - as the rumors suggest - tomorrow is going to be declared a public holiday, with schools and offices shut. It's already 9:30pm but we still don't know! Hopefully it will be a holiday because then the whole population of the UAE can head to their nearest Baskin Robbins shop as they are giving free ice cream away all afternoon to celebrate the news!