Expo City Dubai: the site of the future of Expo 2020 finally unveiled

The Expo 2020 exhibition site will be transformed into an eco-friendly and technology-friendly city of the future “that represents Dubai’s greatest ambitions… where the magic of Expo will live on”.

Additionally, it will house the new headquarters of DP World, an Emirati multinational logistics company, and Siemens as well as several startups and SMEs.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, said that Expo City Dubai, which will be ready in October, is a futuristic destination for business and innovation, focused on sustainability, the innovation, education and entertainment.

“Following the historic success of Expo 2020 Dubai, which was visited by more than 24 million visitors and left an indelible mark on the 170-year history of world fairs, we are today announcing the transformation of the site exhibition in Expo City Dubai,” he added.

Some things will remain, including the falcon-inspired United Arab Emirates pavilion and reworked versions of some other pavilions, including the extremely successful Pakistani offering, as well as those of Luxembourg, Australia, India, Morocco and Egypt. Details on this will be announced in the coming months.

The new city is presented as a city that respects the environment, is welcoming to families, a carrier of the economy and connected by a port and two airports.

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Expo City Dubai – consisting of the Expo 2020 Dubai legacy plan and part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan – builds on the momentum of the six-month Expo.

Executives who worked on the project had previously said “it was important to think about the future of the site from the start and not after the fact”, and that “from day one when we designed the master plan for the site of the event, considering the legacy of the whole site and its individual elements was paramount and as important as the use of the event, if not more important”.

The city will include offices, leisure facilities, dining and entertainment venues, sports facilities and a shopping mall.

It will be accessible by Dubai Metro and will also house the Dubai Exhibition Centre, which hosted a series of global summits, conferences and concerts during Expo 2020 Dubai.

Three of Expo 2020’s most visited attractions, the iconic Al Wasl Plaza, the Garden in the Sky observation tower and the surreal water feature, will remain.

Meanwhile, the Mobility Pavilion and the Sustainability Pavilion will continue to be interactive educational experiences.

Other attractions that will remain include the Women’s Pavilion, which showcases women changemakers from around the world.

Expo City Dubai will be free of single-use plastics and will retain 80% of the infrastructure and buildings that have been constructed, including 123 LEED-certified buildings. It will also be the first WELL-certified community in the region, demonstrating the positive impact of the built environment on health and well-being.

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