Dubai will soon have a new neighbourhood called District 2020
A lot of plans have been revealed for Expo 2020 in the build up to the big event, but one of the most exciting announcements is the legacy project. Tomorrow (Monday) at Cityscape Global 2017, plans for the urban area will be revealed to the public.
‘District 2020’ will have 65,000 square metres of residential space and 135,000 square metres of commercial space. It is described as “a home for innovators, original thinkers and pioneers, creating jobs and attracting investment.”
We can expect a lot of green and a focus on healthy living, with 10 kilometres of cycling track and 45,900 square metres of parkland – the equivalent of six football pitches. Given that this is an Expo legacy project there is, of course, a strong technology element too. This will be one of the first destinations with a 5G mobile network in the world.
The district has been designed to be sustainable and be at the forefront of modern living – that means incorporating a work-life balance with use of the Al Wasl Plaza (which will be the central gathering point), the falcon-shaped UAE National Pavilion, the Sustainability Pavilion, and modern office buildings.
Route 2020, the metro line that is currently under construction for the Expo, will serve the neighbourhood's visitors and residents. It will be one stop away from Al Maktoum International Airport, and only one hour away from both Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International airports.
Her Excellency, Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “Back in 2013 when we won the bid to host this great event, we set ourselves two clear objectives in line with our leaders’ vision: to stage a World Expo that would amaze the world and build a lasting legacy with a global destination that offers a new alternative for urban living.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai) instructed us to build a site for a permanent legacy and therefore we had to think of ways to capitalise on what was being built for Expo as well as for post-Expo.
“We have created District 2020 to achieve that goal. It has been a key part of our planning from the very start, not just for our Legacy team but the entire Expo organisation.”