The Al Wasl Dome.


Expo City to open in Dubai this October


Expo City, Dubai’s newest city within a city, is opening to the public on October 1, the Dubai Ruler announced recently.

Expo City will be the transformed version of the Expo 2020 site, said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The futuristic city “represents the most beautiful ambitions of Dubai”, Sheikh Mohammed said. It will also be the first wellness-certified community in the region.

It will be free of single-use plastics and will retain 80 percent of infrastructure and buildings that have been constructed for Expo 2020.

Expo City will be home to a new museum, world-class exhibition centre and headquarters of some of the world’s biggest companies, including DP World and Siemens.

It will also host the pavilions of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Luxembourg, Australia, Pakistan and India. The Al Wasl Plaza, Garden in the Sky and reverse waterfall will remain as iconic attractions.

Alif, the Mobility Pavilion and Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion, Woman’s Pavilion and Vision Pavilion will also stay to give visitors an interactive educational experience.

“It will be a city that embodies the dreams of every city, and one which continues to bring joy to our children, our families, and all those we love,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

The city will feature offices, leisure facilities, food and entertainment venues, sports facilities and a mall. It will be connected to a port, two airports and Dubai Metro.

Events, conferences and activations will continue to be held at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, while the Opportunity Pavilion will be converted into the Expo 2020 Dubai Museum. ICA/Expat Media

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