Phase 2 of the design and master planning for the massive 438-hectare Expo 2020 site is underway and it looks like things are going quite well. The host venue at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali will feature the event location, as well as an additional residential, hospitality and logistics zone surrounding the venue.
Scheduled to run from October 2020 through April 2021, the Dubai Expo is a highly anticipated event for residents, tourists, as well as the Dubai government in terms of the city's development and stance as a global destination.
"Expos have been home to some of the world's most landmark structures, from the Crystal Palace in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Dubai is committed to building on this tradition and making the entire site an experiential environment that fully embodies the essence of our theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", said Reem Al Hashimy, U.A.E. Minister of State, Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Office.
The master planning for the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site, designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors is headed by HOK lead architects and urban planners, in collaboration with engineers from Arup.
"The master plan design and execution is driven by a clear vision for its legacy, integrating sustainable urban development with opportunities to foster economic and social development for the emirate, for the country and for our region," said Helal Almarri, Director General, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee member.
We can't wait to see the site in all its glory, until then, we wish the planners best of luck in their efforts.