DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (UKTN) — Emirati officials on Monday revealed plans to repurpose the Expo 2020 site in Dubai which received millions of visitors between October and March.
At a press conference at the venue’s exhibition center, officials announced that the property would be transformed into Expo City Dubai, an eco-friendly city home to businesses and other tenants.
“Expo City Dubai will provide opportunities for everyone, families, young people, students, tourists…to experience rich, diverse, educational, fun and cultural attractions,” said Marjan Faraidooni, Experience Manager at Expo City. ‘Expo.
The pandemic-delayed global exhibition in the United Arab Emirates has come to an end after eight years of anticipation, more than $7 billion in investments, 240 million man-hours and six months of festivities.
The new city will only be accessible to pedestrians, strollers and bicycles, said Ahmed Al-Khatib, director of development and delivery.
The flags of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, Brussels and others will be preserved. Al-Khatib said 80% of Expo 2020’s existing assets will be “retained and reallocated”.
The gigantic Al Wasl Dome, known as the beating heart of Expo 2020 which attracted visitors including artists and heads of state, will also be preserved.
The new development will play a vital role in the 2040 plan advocated by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, to double the size of the city.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Al-Maktoum said Expo City Dubai would be a hub of economic activity.