This October, Expo 2020’s exhibition site is going to be transformed and reintroduced as Expo City Dubai, ‘city of the future’.
With over 23 million visits, 192 participating countries, and breathtaking pavilions offering endless futuristic experiences, Expo 2020 was a huge success. Now that the party’s over, the world’s fair site is to transform and reopen ad Expo City Dubai! The ‘city of the future’ will be home to housing complexes, businesses, and leisure facilities.
“Today, we announce the transformation of the exhibition site into Expo City Dubai, a new city that represents the most beautiful ambitions of Dubai. Expo City Dubai will be an environmentally friendly city, one friendly to families, to the economy, and to future generations,” the Emirate’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a statement.
The development on Dubai’s outskirts, purpose-built at USD7 billion (INR 5,47,65,20,00,000) for the six-month Expo 2020 that finished earlier this year in March, will host offices for Dubai port operator DP World and German conglomerate Siemens, as well as for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises. As per the official announcement, 80 per cent of the original infrastructure and buildings will remain, including the falcon-themed UAE pavilion and Al-Wasl Dome, the Expo centrepiece lit up by colourful projections.
Sheikh Mohammed’s office said the new area, which opens on October 1, 2022 and was previously billed as District 2020, will be driven by sustainability, innovation, education, and entertainment. Single-use plastic will be banned. Strategically located midway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Expo City Dubai is also one for the five urban centres identified in Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan.