Expo City Dubai, the legacy project of the Expo Dubai 2020 site, will open on October 1 as a global destination for living, business and innovation, retaining some of the attractions of the expo.
The city will feature a number of Expo 2020 Dubai’s flagship pavilions, entertainment and technology offerings, while also carrying forward the event’s magic, energy and excitement.
Making the announcement on the new city, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said it will be an ideal smart and futuristic destination for business and innovation, driven by sustainability, innovation, education and entertainment.
“Expo City Dubai will be an environmentally friendly city, one friendly to families, to the economy, and to future generations. A city connected to a port and two airports, and also to beautiful memories in the hearts and minds of millions of people. A city in which the magic of Expo will live on: Al Wasl will continue to shine, the waterfall will continue to delight, and the UAE, Alif and Terra pavilions will continue to fascinate visitors of all ages,” he said.
“This new city will be home to an extraordinary new museum, a world-class exhibition centre, and the headquarters of cutting-edge and fast-growing companies,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
Expo City Dubai – the legacy plan of Expo 2020 Dubai and part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan – builds on the momentum and success of the six-month World Expo to create an environmentally friendly, tech-enabled city of the future.
With an array of diverse attractions, the comprehensive city will feature offices, leisure facilities, food and entertainment venues, sports facilities and a mall. It will be reachable by the Dubai Metro and will also house the world-class Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC).
Three of Expo 2020’s most visited attractions – the iconic Al Wasl Plaza, the Garden in the Sky observation tower and the Surreal water feature – will remain. Alif, the Mobility Pavilion and Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion, will live on as interactive educational experiences. Later this year, the Opportunity Pavilion will become the Expo 2020 Dubai Museum – a new addition highlighting the history and impact of World Expos and celebrating the success of the six-month event.
Other attractions set to stay include the Woman’s Pavilion, which features female change-makers across the world, and the stunning Vision Pavilion, honouring the vision of Sheikh Mohammed.
Visitors will also be able to explore the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion. Details of several other country pavilions – including reworked versions of Luxembourg, Australia, Pakistan, India, Morocco and Egypt will be announced in the coming months.