Much like any Dubai neighbourhood, visitors can walk around most public spaces at Expo City Dubai for free.
But tickets will be required to gain access to the attractions.
Visitors can book tickets online or on-site for the three main attractions that will welcome guests from Thursday.
Expo enthusiasts will have a second chance to relive the magic when they board the Expo train, hop on a buggy or ride an e-bike ― these can be hired across the site.
Much awaited relaunch
Preparations are at full throttle to ensure walking paths, eating areas and ticket booths are ready. The official opening will be held in October.
Senior officials describe a sprawling space in transition being transformed into a ‘go-to destination.’
Entry to the large Al Wasl projection dome and the striking Surreal waterfall will be free in October.
“The site that hosted an exceptional World Expo for six months is in transition to becoming Dubai’s newest urban destination,” Ahmed Al Khatib, chief development and delivery officer at Expo City Dubai told The National in an exclusive interview.
“For September and for the official opening, the priority is very much on ensuring the site offers a welcoming and seamless visitor experience — from setting up ticket booths and ensuring adequate and nearby parking, to putting the finishing touches on pedestrian pathways and making transport options available — all of which reinforces Expo City Dubai’s offering as a human-centric destination.”
No cars allowed
Health, fitness and well-being will be at the core of the development that has 10 kilometres of cycling paths, a 5km running track and 45,000 square metres of parks and garden.
“With a low-rise campus feel, the city is fully pedestrianised, improving safety and air quality with no cars allowed within the districts,” Mr Al Khatib said.
“Presenting a smarter, more balanced, resilient, and sustainable way of life, Expo City Dubai offers the chance to live in harmony with nature, and with each other.”
Food trucks and free entry
Food trucks will offer snacks and refreshments to visitors in September and more dining options will be announced soon.
While most public areas can be entered free of cost, tickets to Terra and Alif will cost Dh50 per person per pavilion. Entry is free for children aged 12 years and under, as well as for people with disabilities.
There will be four ticket booths near the three attractions to reopen from Thursday.
People can enjoy a bird’s-eye view for Dh30 per person at the Garden in the Sky installation.
In October, the Al Wasl Plaza and Surreal water feature will reopen. These will be free of charge and on a first come, first served basis. Both venues can be hired out for private events.
The women’s and the vision pavilions, the children’s playgrounds and the carousel will also open in October.
Parking near pavilions
Visitors can take the metro and bus services to the site from Thursday.
Parking, including dedicated slots for people with special needs, will be available at Al Forsan, as well as the Jubilee, Mobility and Sustainability zones, from September onwards.
Parking zones will be in proximity to the reopened attractions and public areas so visitors will not need to wait for a shuttle bus.
Buggies, the Expo explorer train, e-scooters and e-bikes are available for hire throughout the site.