Expo 2020 Dubai to unveil site legacy plans at Cityscape Global
Exciting plans for the Expo 2020 Dubai site – after the event concludes in April 2021 – will be revealed at CityScape Global 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre this week (September 11-13).
The integrated development of the Expo site post 2021 has been a focal point of the planning process since Dubai first won its bid to host the 2020 World Expo four years ago.
But until now, the name of the site, its plans, details and vision have not been publicly revealed.
The 16th edition of Cityscape Global, one of the world’s largest and most influential real estate exhibitions, presents the ideal opportunity to reveal Expo’s vision.
Event visitors will be able to enter interactive pods at Expo’s prominent exhibition stand and find out how they can play a role in the future of the Expo site from 2021.
Marjan Faraidooni, senior vice president of Legacy Impact and Development at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The question that everybody has asked me when I’ve been speaking about Expo has been: ‘So, what happens after Expo 2020’s doors close in April 2021?’At Cityscape Global 2017 you will find out.”
She continued: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, set us two main tasks after we won the right to stage the 2020 World Expo back in 2013: deliver an Expo that will amaze the world while leaving a meaningful and impactful legacy.
“There are four strands to the legacy: reputational, social, physical and economic – and next week, you’ll see how we’ve integrated all of these into the long-term future of the Expo site in Dubai South.”
Through its overall theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region will be a platform to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration globally. It will be a celebration of ingenuity that gives people a glimpse into the future, guided by its three pillars: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Faraidooni added: “Expo 2020 Dubai is an Expo for our whole region and we see it as an opportunity for people near and far to benefit from the innovations and ingenuity that will be integral to its success.
“We have learned a great deal from the highs and lows of previous World Expos, from the very beginning in London in 1851 to those of recent decades. It was very clear that what happens after an Expo is as important as what happens during the six months’ duration itself.”