The mega-scale World Expo 2020 exhibition will open in Dubai on 20 October 2020. Read our list of facts about Expo 2020 to know how the city is getting ready for the event, and what has been done, and what is yet to be achieved.
Two years from now, the world's attention will be focused on Dubai, as the city plays host to Expo 2020.
It will be the first time that the world's biggest exhibition, which began in 1851 at Crystal Palace as the centrepiece of London's Great Exhibition, will be held in the Middle East and African region. And today, less than two years have left before this iconic event takes place in Dubai, and we now offer you to “explore” the preparations already made for Expo 2020 in brief using some main facts as an example.
- Dubai's Expo 2020 vision is continuing to take shape with the main construction work on the mammoth project to be completed a year early. According to the Expo 2020 organizing committee, "construction is well advanced on the three Thematic Districts that form the core of the Expo site. Foundations and structural works are complete within these areas."
- In the Dubai South expo construction area, the winged steel-gold canopy of the distinctive main terminal station is being put in place and the graceful arches are clearly visible.
- All major design elements are complete — the last being the iconic Al Wasl Plaza, a 130-metre wide, 67.5-metre tall domed space that will be enjoyed by millions of visitors. With its 360-degree translucent dome onto which images will be beamed at night, the plaza promises to be an architectural landmark and the largest single structure within the 2 square kilometre gated area. This will also be the first venue that visitors walking from the metro gate will reach. Near the central hub of Al Wasl - meaning ‘connection’ in Arabic - steel and concrete structures are taking shape that will house the pavilions of various countries.
- More than 170 countries have already confirmed their participation with at least ten more counties to join in the nearest future.
- There are currently about 26,000 workers on the Expo site with more than 44 million work hours having been achieved to date. Early next year, at the peak of construction, approximately 40,000 workers are expected on site.
- The metro terminal’s ribbed frame is rising to form the main approach to the sprawling world fair zone that covers 4.38 square kilometres, equal to about 600 football pitches.
- Smart site will be one of the most connected places on Earth and support a personalised and unique experience for millions of visitors. Its 5G-enabled network, which is expected to be around 20 times faster than 4G.
- Route 2020 test run to begin from May 2019. The new route covers the 15km extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line to the site of Expo 2020. The Project includes seven stations (five elevated and two underground). The project's completion rate has reached 53 per cent. The design of the iconic station at the Expo site features plane wings that reflect the city's journey towards the future through innovation. The project also features an interchange station linking Route 2020 and the Red Line of Dubai Metro at Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station. The first of the new metro trains to be used on this route will arrive in Dubai in November. The first train will start operations in December.
- The foundation and structural work are complete in the three theme districts at the core of the expo. The Sustainability Pavilion will incorporate innovations to harvest solar power and capture moisture from the air. It will remain as a children and science centre. A powerful example of a structure made entirely from organic and recyclable material will be the concrete-free Opportunity Pavilion, with a spiral canopy made from 111 kilometres of woven rope.
- A 320-metre track loping around the Mobility Pavilion will showcase cutting-edge devices and allow visitors to see technology in action.
- Once the expo ends, there are future plans for about 80 per cent of the built structures to be part of District 2020, that will include residences, commercial space, a conference and exhibition centre, while the striking designs of the Al Wasl Plaza and the Mobility Pavilion will also remain as permanent fixtures. AED25 billion is the overall budget for the world fair.
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