So Dubai wins the 2020 Expo !
The site masterplan, which was designed by HOK, Populous and Arup, is a manifestation of the country’s Expo bid theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.
At the core of the site is an open plaza called Al Wasl (“the connection”) – a historical name for Dubai, and branching out from the plaza are three main zones that symbolise the bid’s sub themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. Inspired by traditional Arab souks, the site integrates the UAE’s unique architectural heritage and environment of vibrancy and trade with the requirements of the Expo to foster the fundamental principles of innovation, partnership and collaboration between participants and visitors.Thinkwell, an experiential design and development firm, has also been appointed to develop the entertainment masterplan and will bring the plans for Dubai Expo 2020 to life with a programme of shows, performances and events that will appeal to all generations, enhance the visitor experience and drive global tourist traffic to the Expo.
Highlighting the site’s visitor capacity and plans for its long-term use after 2020, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai said: “This 438-hectare site will be one of the largest ever used for a World Expo and will ensure an unforgettable experience for the event’s 25 million visitors, who will collectively make upwards of 33 million visits. Throughout the development process, we have also sought to ensure that the site will serve as a permanent attraction beyond 2020 and will enhance further the UAE’s long-term appeal as a premier destination for high-profile global events.”
The design is aligned to the legacy proposition and future use of the site, with the main walkways shaded by a photovoltaic fabric structure which will capture solar energy to generate clean power, plus contribute nearly 50 per cent of the power requirements that are needed for Expo.
Expo 2020 Masterplan facts
Location: 10 minutes from the Jebel Ali Port and the Al Maktoum International Airport; equally distanced between Dubai and Jebel Ali
Expected visitors: 25 million, who will collectively make upwards of 33 million visits
Design: Designed by HOK, Populous and Arup, the core of the site features an open plaza with three main zones symbolizing the bid’s sub themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity
Features: A photovoltaic fabric structure will cover the main walkways and capture solar energy to generate clean energy
Legacy: The site has been master-planned to create a legacy in environmental sustainability.