Jinxing it? Dubai says it will be ready for Expo 2020 in 2019
The major construction activities on the Expo 2020 site will be completed by October 2019, allowing for a full year of readiness testing across networks, systems and technologies.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, CEO of Dubai World Trade Center and member of Expo Preparatory Committee, says that the site readiness activity will begin on the Dubai Trade Center-Jebel Ali site early next year.
In the latest report on preparations for the event that submitted to Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) in Paris, the governing body of the World Expo, Almarri also explained the plans to extend the Red Line of Dubai Metro and to launch a zero-emission.
A comprehensive visitor management study has been undertaken around the Dubai Expo 2020 hosting, including city wide traffic and movement flow analysis.
In the report, Almarri said the preparatory committee will submit the mandatory registration dossier for the event in 2015.
The dossier is an in-depth report on the theme, communications program and the detailed master plan of the mega event.
The 438-hectare site that includes a dedicated 150-hectare Expo area, and a surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone, will play host to the 25 million visitors expected at Dubai Expo 2020, running from 20th October 2020 — 10th April 2021.
Expo Village — a residential community development providing full-time housing facilities for staff from participating countries working on the Expo will target completion by 2018 following which pavilion construction activities will start.
In the next six years, more than 275,000 jobs are estimated to be created across the region to service the Expo, according to the report.
Preliminary estimates indicate that the Economic Impact generated by the Expo between now and 2021 will be approximately 17.7 billion Euros.
“One of our strongest assets during the bid was a robust and well progressed Master Plan with a clear existing legacy, which Dubai World Trade Center, as developer of the Expo 2020 site, has continued to evolve and drive forward rigorously to ensure that we are on track to delivering a truly exceptional World Expo in 2020,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee.
Catering for close to 250 participants, Dubai Expo 2020 will be pushing forward a ‘one country-one pavilion’ policy for the first time in Expo history.
At its peak, the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site at Dubai Trade Center-Jebel Ali is designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors, with average week-day attendance expected at 153,000.
According to the report, the Dubai Expo 2020 is designed to be easily accessible, from transport to and from the site as well as whilst at the venue, for all people, regardless of age or physical ability.
The center of the Expo, Al Wasl Plaza, will be within 15 minutes’ walk from any part of the site and an autonomous ‘people mover’ system is planned to assist visitor movement around the site.
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