The single-use-plastic-free Expo City Dubai will host new company HQs, a score of startups, and will continue hosting the ‘Alif’ Mobility and ‘Terra’ Sustainablility pavilions, as well as the much-loved waterfall feature. Here’s more!
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, has unveiled the legacy plan of Expo 2020 Dubai: Expo City Dubai – which will be a smart and futuristic destination for business and innovation, driven by sustainability, innovation, education, and entertainment.
Set to open in October 2022, Expo City Dubai – which is part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan – will build on the momentum and resounding success of the six-month World Expo to create a car-free, environmentally-friendly, tech-enabled city of the future.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “After the historical success of Expo 2020 Dubai, which was visited by more than 24 million visitors, and which left an indelible mark in the 170-year history of World Expositions, today, we announce the transformation of the exhibition site into Expo City Dubai, a 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. A city connected to a port and two airports, and also to beautiful memories in the hearts and minds of millions of people.”
A sustainable home for business headquarters, startups, and SMEs
Offering a wealth of opportunities for businesses that meet its sustainable targets, Expo City Dubai is already attracting interest from a large number of commercial tenants.
It will soon become the new headquarters of DP World, Siemens, and Terminus Group, as well as startups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Expo City Dubai will be free of single-use plastic and retain 80 percent of the infrastructure and buildings that have been constructed, including 123 LEED-certified buildings, epitomising the highest levels of sustainable design, construction and operations.
It will also be the first WELL-certified community in the region, demonstrating the built environment’s positive impact on health and wellness.
Which pavilions and attractions will remain open at Expo City Dubai?
Opening 1 October 2022, Expo City Dubai will feature a number of Expo 2020 Dubai’s flagship pavilions, entertainment and technology offerings, while also carrying forward the event’s magic, energy and excitement.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid added: “This is a city in which the magic of Expo will live on: Al Wasl will continue to shine, the waterfall will continue to delight, and the Alif and Terra pavilions will continue to fascinate visitors of all ages.”
“This new city will be home to an extraordinary new museum, a world-class exhibition centre, and the headquarters of cutting edge and fast-growing companies. It will continue to host the pavilions of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, and others.
The Dubai Ruler added: “It will be a city that embodies the dreams of every city, and one which continues to bring joy to our children, our families, and all those we love.”
With an array of diverse attractions, the comprehensive city will feature offices, leisure facilities, food and entertainment venues, sports facilities and a mall.
What to expect at the transformed Expo City Dubai?
Expo City Dubai will house the world-class Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), a sought-after venue that hosted a range of global summits, conferences, and concerts. DEC will continue to host a range of conferences, events and activations.
Later this year, the Opportunity Pavilion will become the Expo 2020 Dubai Museum – a new addition highlighting the history and impact of World Expos and celebrating the success of the six-month event.
Other attractions set to stay include the Woman’s Pavilion, which features female change-makers across the world, and the Vision Pavilion, honouring the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Visitors will also be able to explore the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion.