Chairman of Miss World Limited, Julia Morley CBE, officially announced the United Arab Emirates as the official host country of the 71st Miss World pageant.
The United Arab Emirates, or simply the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia. It is an elective monarchy formed from a federation of seven emirates, consisting of Abu Dhabi (the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain.
Dubai, its major port and largest city is situated within the Arabian Desert on the coast of the Persian Gulf. It is known for its tallest human-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, and the Burj Al Arab, one of the tallest hotel buildings in the world.
Reigning Miss World Karolina Bielawska from Poland is expected to crown her successor in May but further details including the exact venue and final date for Miss World 2023 are yet to be announced by the Miss World Organization.
This is the first time for the UAE to host Miss World and the fourth Asian country next to India, Indonesia, and China. While India and Indonesia have both hosted once, China became a host country nine times since 2004.
The international pageant was first held outside the United Kingdom during Miss World 1989 that took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai North, Hong Kong — a special administrative region of China.
Past host countries also include the United States, South Africa, Seychelles, and Poland. The last edition was hosted at the Coca-Cola Music Hall, San Juan, in the beautiful Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory, Puerto Rico.
In case you missed it, here’s the official announcement from MWO:
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