The marquee event Expo 2020 dropped its curtains on 31st March 2022, but the legacy still continues. Defying all odds, the global fair turned out to be a huge success for Dubai, as the number of visitors crossed the 24 million mark. The glorious run of the global fair serves as a testimony of Dubai’s impeccable planning and pandemic management.
What will happen to the Expo 2020 site now that the event has dropped its curtain? This is a common question many people have since Dubai has spent a huge amount of money on setting up the exhibition that enthralled one and all due to its superior design and infrastructure. For the uninitiated, Expo 2020 will be converted into Expo City Dubai (previously called Expo City Dubai), a mixed-use, human-centric community.
Expo City Dubai – Continuing the Legacy of Expo 2020
Expo City Dubai is dubbed as a future city within the emirate that will open its doors for visitors, tenants, and businessmen in October 2022. However, visitors will be able to explore popular pavilions from 1st September (more on this below).
This new district is designed to offer a balanced way of life. Backed by digital innovation, it will support the future of living and working while prioritising overall well-being.
An Initiative to Create a ‘Sustainable’ Community
Expo City Dubai has taken a more sustainable approach, setting an unprecedented example by re-purposing 80 per cent of the environment created for Expo 2020. This is a first-of-its-kind approach in the history of the world fairs that started in London in 1851.
While the previous world fairs have been generally well received all over the world, there have been contrary opinions as well. In the words of Patrick De Groote, who is a Belgian politician, ‘world fairs necessitate expenditures’. He was of the view that a lot of expenditure was required to set up these exhibitions, while the resources remained stagnant. This issue, however, will no longer be prevalent as Expo City Dubai will use most of the Expo 2020’s infrastructure, paving the way for sustainability in Dubai.
Two Expo Pavilions Opening from 1st September
One month ahead of the opening of the main community, two Expo 2020 pavilions will start to welcome visitors. These are:
- Alif – The Mobility Pavilion
- Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion
Visitors will be charged AED 50 as an entry ticket per person for each pavilion. These tickets can be purchased from the official website of Expo City 2020. Furthermore, there are four box offices located in the Expo City Dubai from where they can be purchased physically.
Apart from the aforementioned, visitors will also be able to explore Garden in the Sky by paying AED 30. It is a rotating observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the surroundings by lifting visitors 55 metres in the sky.
Entry for children under 12 and people of determination is free.
Apart from the aforementioned, many other parts of Expo City Dubai’s public realm will be open for visitors without any entry fee. This provides a perfect opportunity to relive your Expo 2020 memories.
More About Expo City Dubai
Apart from the prosperity and sustainability it is expected to bring to Dubai, there are many other things worth mentioning about Expo City Dubai.
With that said, let’s find out more about this upcoming mega community in Dubai:
The $8 billion district spanning over an area of 4.38 square kilometres will feature smart residences in a range of categories, such as:
- Co-living apartments
- Loft apartments
- Urban apartments
These residences are ideal for anyone who wants to buy or rent property in Dubai as they exude class and elegance, and offer an upscale lifestyle. Featuring spacious rooms, these apartments are designed keeping flexibility and comfort in mind.
Residents of Expo City Dubai will be able to enjoy a variety of community events. It will be home to iconic attractions and amazing hotels, such as the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Al Wasl Plaza; Terra, and the world-class children’s science centre. Suffice it to say, there will never be a dull moment if you secure a residence in Expo City Dubai.
Expo City Dubai is planned to provide an innovation-driven business ecosystem. With modern technology at the forefront, it will bring together global minds, promote collaboration, and support industry growth. The setting will allow businesses to flourish as this community is expected to drive the Dubai property market during the last quarter of the year and beyond.
Eco-conscious Urban Living
The district is designed to curb pollution and endorse eco-conscious urban living. It is going to be an entire walkable, pedestrian-friendly community that will feature a low-vehicle environment. There will be smart shuttle services and smart automated public transport facilities, which will ultimately lead to reduced carbon footprints and an overall healthy and prosperous environment.
The Way Forward
Expected to garner huge interest from investors and end-users, Expo City Dubai will play a major role in boosting the already flourishing Dubai property market. Its sustainable approach, upscale lifestyle, and the human-centric theme are the prominent factors drawing the attention of the entire world.