Expo 2020 Dubai to unveil legacy masterplan at Cityscape exhibition

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to unveil its legacy plans at next week’s Cityscape Global exhibition, where visitors are able to explore the future of the masterplan in interactive pods at Expo’s exhibition stand, Arabian Business reported.

It was earlier announced that eighty percent of Dubai’s Expo 2020 site will be re-developed in a bid to ensure the mega event has a strong legacy in the emirate.

The annual event, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre, will see Expo officials unveil the masterplan for the site after it closes its doors in April 2021.

The Expo committee has had a post-2021 masterplan ever since Dubai won the right to host to the event four years ago, but the name, the plans, details and vision have not been publicly revealed as of yet.

“The question that everybody has asked me when I’ve been speaking about Expo has been: ‘So, what happens after Expo 2020’s doors close in April 2021?” At CityScape Global 2017 you will find out, said Marjan Faraidooni, senior vice president of Legacy Impact and Development at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“There are four strands to the legacy: reputational, social, physical and economic – and next week, you’ll see how we’ve integrated all of these into the long-term future of the Expo site in Dubai South,” said Faraidooni.

Through its overall theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be a celebration of ingenuity that gives people a glimpse into the future, guided by its three pillars: opportunity, mobility and sustainability, designed by BIG, Foster + Partners and Grimshaw. The UAE Pavilion will be designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who is also behind what will become the world’s tallest tower in Dubai Creek. 

“We have learned a great deal from the highs and lows of previous World Expos, from the very beginning in London in 1851 to those of recent decades. It was very clear that what happens after an Expo is as important as what happens during the six months’ duration itself,” said Faraidooni.

Cityscape Global 2017 is open to the public at Dubai Trade Centre from Monday, September 11 to Wednesday, September 13, from 10am to 7pm.

Japanese architecture studio, Nikken Sekkei also plans to use Cityscape Global 2017 as a platform to showcase two of its supertall designs for Dubai: One Za’abeel and Forte Towers.

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