Expo 2020 Dubai site will live long after the event closes its doors in March 2022, and will be transitioned into District 2020.
Final checks are being carried out and global stars are preparing to launch Expo Dubai with a glittering opening ceremony to be beamed to millions of visitors around the world.
From October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.
But what will happen to the vast site after the event concludes? The answer lies in District 2020, billed as a ‘city of the future’.
District 2020 will be a new urban development in the UAE and the region that’s focused squarely on “curating a global innovation ecosystem and an integrated community lifestyle,” according to Expo organizers.
They have billed the site as “a model global community for the future that will use state-of-the-art innovation, science and sustainability to create a cleaner, safer, healthier environment to live and work.”
Following the six months of the World Expo, District 2020 will re-purpose 80 percent of the Expo’s build environment into an integrated mixed-use community that will continue to attract businesses and people to work, live, visit and enjoy.
As the future of the Expo 2020 Dubai development, District 2020 will evolve into a smart and sustainable mixed-use community built with human centricity at its core. Post event, the transformation will include residential areas, green spaces, co-working spots and smart mobility.
This smart city will reveal its blueprint at its ‘Future of Expo 2020’ experience hub, in which visitors will be able to see the vision behind how the mega-event will evolve into the future and how it will play a key role in the sustainable urban development of Dubai.
Post-Expo, District 2020 aims to cater to a population of 145,000 at full capacity.
Some countries have donated their purpose-built pavilions to Expo to be used by Dubai post-event.
Luxembourg, for example, has allowed its sustainability-focused pavilion – which will serve as an incubator for rethinking challenges around natural resources – to remain permanently as part of the future city of District 2020.