DUBAI, 20th June, 2022 (WAM) – The Vice President, Prime Minister and Governor of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced the inauguration of Expo City Dubai in October 2022. The new city is an Ideal Smart City and futuristic destination for business and innovation with a focus on sustainability, innovation, education and entertainment.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “Brothers and sisters, following the historic success of Expo 2020 Dubai, which attracted over 24 million visitors and left an indelible mark in the 170-year history of World Expos, today we announce the conversion at the Exhibition Center in Expo City Dubai, a city that represents Dubai’s greatest ambitions.
“Expo City Dubai will be an eco-friendly city that respects families, the economy and future generations. A city connected with a port and two airports, and also beautiful memories in the hearts and minds of millions. A city in The magic of Expo will live on: Al Wasl will continue to shine, the waterfall will continue to amaze and the UAE, Alif and Terra Pavilions will continue to fascinate visitors of all ages.”
“This new city will house an extraordinary new museum, a world-class exhibition center and the headquarters of innovative and fast-growing companies. It will continue to house the pavilions of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt and other countries. It will be a city that embodies the dreams of all cities and continues to bring joy to our children, our families, and everyone we love.”
Expo City Dubai – the legacy plan of Expo 2020 Dubai and part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan – builds on the momentum and resounding success of the six-month World’s Fair to create a respectful city of the future that is environmentally and technology-focused.
Opened on 1 October 2022, it will showcase a range of Expo 2020 Dubai’s flagship pavilions, entertainment and technology offerings while continuing the magic, energy and excitement of the event.
The entire city will include offices, recreational facilities, dining and entertainment venues, sports facilities and a shopping center with a variety of attractions. Accessible by the Dubai Metro, it will also house the world-class Dubai Exhibition Center (DEC), a coveted venue that has hosted a number of global summits, conferences and concerts during Expo 2020 Dubai. DEC will continue to host a series of conferences, events and activations.
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. While Alif, the mobility pavilion, and Terra, the sustainability pavilion, will continue to be interactive educational experiences.
Later this year, the Opportunity Pavilion will become the Expo 2020 Dubai Museum – a new addition highlighting the history and impact of the World Expos and celebrating the success of the six-month event.
Other attractions that will remain are the Women’s Pavilion, which showcases women who are making things happen around the world, and the Vision Pavilion, which honors the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Visitors can also explore the falcon-inspired United Arab Emirates Pavilion and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion. Details on several other country pavilions – including revised versions of Luxembourg, Australia, Pakistan, India, Morocco and Egypt – will be announced in the coming months.
Expo City Dubai will be free of single-use plastics and will retain 80% of the constructed infrastructure and buildings, including 123 LEED-certified buildings that embody the highest level of sustainable design, construction and operations. 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.
Expo City Dubai offers companies a wealth of opportunities to achieve their sustainability goals and is already attracting the interest of a large number of commercial tenants. It will soon be the new headquarters of DP World, Siemens, as well as start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.
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