Authorities in Dubai have unveiled plans for a new business and residential district that will utilise the site of World Expo 2020 when the exhibition is finished.
District 2020 will span more than two million square metres and serve as a hub for strategic industries including the Internet of Things, big data and augmented reality.
The district will feature 65,000 square metres of residential space, 10km of bike paths, 44,900 square metres of park land and 135,000sqm of office space.
There will also be food and beverage venues, a science centre, a previously announced conference and exhibition centre and a link to the Dubai metro alongside one of the world’s first 5G networks.
Marjan Faradooni, vice president of legacy for Expo 2020, said the authority would soon confirm a new partner for the district after Germany’s Siemens said it would setup a logistics hub.
The Expo, which will be held in Dubai from October 2020 to April 2021, will take place on a 4.38 square kilometre site in Dubai South, divided into three thematic districts.
The site venue will also feature a central hub, called Al Wasl Plaza.
The event will be the first world expo held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and is themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
Dubai is expecting to welcome 25 million visitors for the event, with around 70 per cent anticipated to come from outside of the region.