Delegates from the 168 member nation Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) voted behind closed doors in Paris Wednesday night to select the winning candidate city to host the World Expo 2020. Sao Paolo was eliminated in the first round of voting, while Izmir, Turkey's third largest city was eliminated in the second round of voting with just 36 votes.
The Aegean coastal city of Izmir, formerly known as Smyrna, competed under the theme, "New Routes to a Better World / Health for All" and pushed global health and environmental issues for its bid. Izmir had also chosen internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid to design the park for the exposition.
The winner of yesterday's vote Dubai will become the first Middle Eastern city to organize the event in its over 150-year history. The next World Expo will be held in Milan in 2015.
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