At the Expo 2020 site.
PHOTO BY JONATHAN YBERA/EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – With Expo 2020 Dubai attracting more than 9.5 million visitors since it opened on October 1, the question remains: what will happen to the site after it closes at the end of March?
Reem Al Hashimi, Expo’s Director General and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, said the site of the “world’s biggest show” will become a hub for innovation.
Speaking to CNN’s Richard Quest on the Quest Means Business programme, Al Hashimi said the 438-hectare Expo site “will stay”.
“It is a very strongly tech-enabled, 5G tech incredible infrastructure. Everything that we built will stay. We have several country pavilions that will also stay,” she said.
Expo 2020 Dubai features pavilions from 192 countries, as well as entertainment arenas, food and beverage areas and more leisure spots.
“We have the conference and the exhibition over there. We have the Dubai metro coming all the way through.. So, really a hub for new tech, a hub for new innovation, and plans are already in place to roll this one out after 80 days when we close,” Al Hashimi said.
The Expo director general said that 80 percent of the Expo 2020 infrastructure will be transformed into an integrated mixed-use community called District 2020. ICA/Expat Media
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