Dubai reveals Expo legacy plans

The organisers of Dubai Expo 2020 have revealed legacy plans for the event’s mega site, which include reusing or re-purposing 80% of the 4.38-square-kilometre exhibition area.

The themed districts, which will play host to most of the country pavilions, will be turned into collaborative work spaces for companies as well as “social and cultural institutions”, said the Expo committee.

In addition, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will be appointed to run the conference and exhibition centre, which will become a major events venue for the city.

The site will also feature residential communities and retail space.

Legacy planners have focused on using the site to help develop four industries – education, transport and logistics, travel and tourism and real estate – all of which are strategic priorities for the UAE.

Organisers said they will be exploring what technologies, “including augmented reality, big data and the internet of things could transform these industries”.

“We have spent the past year working on developing our masterplan specifically to create a platform for the future,” said Marjan Faraidooni, Expo 2020’s VP of legacy, in a statement.

“More than 80% of our investments will be retained following the event. This includes the infrastructure, as well as the cutting edge technologies, the roads and public transport systems put in place to host the Expo. We intend to build on those physical and virtual platforms to create an ecosystem that lives through legacy.”

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