Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid unveils Expo City Dubai

Site of world's fair to welcome new residents and major company headquarters from October 2022

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The Expo 2020 site is to be transformed into Expo City Dubai and will soon welcome thousands of new residents and businesses, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday.

In a series of tweets, Sheikh Mohammed set out his vision for the legacy site.

Expo City Dubai will be a “hub of economic activity” and home to major companies and their headquarters.

The city will open up in phases from October.

It will be free to enter and explore but a paid-for attraction pass will be needed to enter the pavilions. More details on passes are expected soon.

With a focus on technology and the environment, it will serve as a destination in its own right, served by the nearby Dubai World Central airport and the metro link to the city centre.

“After the historical success of Expo 2020 Dubai, visited by more than 24 million visitors, left a mark in the 170-year history of world expositions, today we announce the transformation of the exhibition site into Expo City Dubai, a new city that represents the ambitions of Dubai,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.

Expo City Dubai will be an environmentally friendly city that caters to families and 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.”

Important buildings and some of the most popular attractions from Expo 2020 Dubai, which ran from October last year until late March, will remain.

These pavilions and attractions will stay: in pictures

“The magic of Expo will continue,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.

Al Wasl Dome will remain, the Expo waterfall will remain, and the pavilions will remain: the Emirates, Ali and Terra.

“This new city will be home to a 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.

“It will be a city that embodies the dreams of every city.”

No gates, no closing times

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Co-operation and managing director of Expo 2020 Dubai, said the public would be soon able to relive their best memories of the world's fair.

“While Expo 2020 Dubai closed its doors, Expo City Dubai never will," she said in a virtual briefing from Paris, where the Bureau International des Expositions held its General Assembly.

"Expo City Dubai will continue to provide a model for innovative urban districts geared towards collaboration, knowledge sharing and talent creation for the benefit of future generations.

"It will leverage into extraordinary infrastructure advantages to generate local and global economic value as a clean and green tech hub.

The city will be a "24-hour neighbourhood" that will feature unique art and world-class architecture, she said.

It will be built with environmental standards — as well as Dubai's plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 — in mind.

"This was always the vision and commitment of Dubai and the UAE," said Ms Al Hashimy.

"We will always connect minds and create the future, then and now.

Officials have previously said the district would be ready for its first tenants by autumn 2020.

Among the first expected to move in are several dozen start-ups, while the staff village where thousands of workers lived is already being prepared for long-term residential tenants.

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Updated: June 21, 2022, 4:37 AM
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