For six months, Dubai hosted Expo 2020, a worldwide celebration of greater than 190 international locations, showcasing their improvements and cultures. Now can the sprawling 1,000-acre web site be remodeled right into a metropolis of the longer term?
Expo Metropolis Dubai, former web site of worldwide exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai, confronted vital issues through the pandemic, not least a 12-month delay to its opening. Now, a brand new problem awaits — to show a 1,000-acre web site right into a functioning metropolis.
Building prices for the occasion have been estimated at about $7 billion by EY in 2019.
“The funding actually wasn’t for the occasion. The funding was for constructing town,” stated Nadia Verjee, chief of workers for Expo 2020 Dubai.
The planners of Expo Metropolis Dubai are hoping that fashionable expertise and a deal with sustainability might be sights.
Tim Van Vrijaldenhoven is an professional in city planning. He has labored on large-scale infrastructure and transportation initiatives, equivalent to the development of the Abu Dhabi airport within the mid-2000s.
“It is an enormous problem. As a result of if we have a look at the historical past of the World Expo, they are typically grow to be white elephants due to the massive impression it has on town, as a result of the World Expo websites are huge,” Van Vrijaldenhoven stated.
“After the occasion is gone, it is very troublesome to discover a new perform for that web site,” he stated.
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