By Ed Attwood
Over 80% of site in Dubai South to be reused or repurposed with a focus on four ‘high priority’ industries
Over 80 percent of the 4.38-square-kilometre Expo 2020 site will be reused or repurposed after the event as part of a wide-ranging legacy plan, organisers have said.
The theme districts which will play host to most of the country pavilions that are a major part of every Expo, will be turned into collaborative work spaces for companies as well as “social and cultural institutions”.
In addition, Dubai World Trade Centre will be drafted in to run the conference and exhibition centre, which will became a major events venue for the city, organisers said.
The site will also feature residential communities and retail space.
Legacy planners have focused on using the site to help develop four industries – education, transport and logistics, travel and tourism and real estate – that are already strategic priorities for the UAE.
Organisers said they will be exploring what technologies, “including augmented reality, big data and the internet of things could transform these industries”.
“We have spent the past year working on developing our masterplan specifically to create a platform for the future,” Marjan Faraidooni, Expo 2020’s VP of legacy, said in a statement.
“Over 80 percent of our investments will be retained following the event. This includes the infrastructure, as well as the cutting edge technologies, the roads and public transport systems put in place to host the Expo. We intend to build on those physical and virtual platforms to create an ecosystem that lives through legacy.