After the phenomenal success of Expo 2020, Dubai has decided to transform the site and launch the Expo City on October 1, 2022. Recently inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the new city is an ideal smart and futuristic destination for businesses and innovation with sustainability, innovation, education, and entertainment as its focus.
“Brothers and Sisters… 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,” stated Sheikh Mohammed.
Below are a few notable highlights of Expo City Dubai.
A brand new museum
According to the announcement from Sheikh Mohammed, the expansive site’s launch will come with the addition of a museum. “This new city will be home to an extraordinary new museum,” said the ruler. While no details have been revealed about the museum yet, one can only expect it to feature intriguing facts about the record-breaking Expo 2020 Dubai, and more.
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Major pavilions are here to stay
One of the main highlights of Expo 2020 Dubai was its pavilions, and many of them are set to remain. These include the Women’s Pavilion, featuring female changemakers across the world, the spectacular Vision Pavilion, honoring the vision of Sheikh Mohammed, the falcon-shaped UAE pavilion, and the Saudi Arabia pavilion, along with reworked versions of Luxembourg, Australia, Pakistan, India, Morocco, and Egypt. A few other popular sites that will remain from Expo 2020 Dubai are the Al Wasl Dome, Expo Waterfall, and the Emirates, Alif, and Terra pavilions.
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Ban on single-use plastic, and no cars will be allowed
Expo City will be the first WELL-certified community in the region, showcasing the environment’s positive impact on health and wellness. The place will also be free of single-use plastic and will retain almost 80% of the infrastructure and buildings that have been constructed, including 123 LEED-certified buildings, epitomizing the highest levels of sustainable design, construction, and operations.
The city will also be fully pedestrianized with no cars allowed. Instead, soft mobility options such as buggies, scooters, and bicycles will be available for residents.
An array of attractions
The city comes with a variety of attractions such as leisure facilities, food and entertainment venues, sports facilities, and a mall. The place will also continue to be home to the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), which hosts events like the global summits, conferences, and concerts.