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Chapter Thirty-Nine: WHAT NEXT AFTER DUBAI EXPO 2020

March 31, 2022, marked the end of Dubai Expo 2020. It should be remembered that never in the history of World Expos have so many nations and so many cultures gathered to do so much good for so many people as it was during Dubai Expo 2020. You may be asking yourself what will become of the Expo grounds. Well, the answer lies in District 2020, billed as a ‘city of the future’.

From October 1, 2021, to 31 March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai welcomed visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it has brought together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

According to Expo organizers, District 2020 will be a new urban development in the UAE and the region that will focus squarely on curating a global innovation ecosystem and an integrated community lifestyle.

Expo organizers have billed the site as a model global community for the future that will use state-of-the-art innovation, science, and sustainability to create a cleaner, safer, healthier environment to live and work.

Following the six months of the World Expo, District 2020 will re-purpose 80 percent of the Expo’s build environment into an integrated mixed-use community that will continue to attract businesses and people to work, live, visit and enjoy.

As the future of the Expo 2020 Dubai development, District 2020 will evolve into a smart and sustainable mixed-use community built with human centricity at its core. Post event, the transformation will include residential areas, green spaces, co-working spots and smart mobility.

This smart city will reveal its blueprint at its ‘Future of Expo 2020’ experience hub, in which visitors will be able to see the vision behind how the mega-event will evolve into the future and how it will play a key role in the sustainable urban development of Dubai.

Post-Expo, District 2020 aims to cater to a population of 145,000 at full capacity.

Some countries have donated their purpose-built pavilions to Expo to be used by Dubai post-event.

Fueled by cross-industry collaboration, District 2020 will contribute to the growth of Dubai’s innovation economy through a focus on four key growth industries and disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, and block-chain.

According to Expo organizers, the innovation ecosystem will provide a work and lifestyle environment that will constantly evolve to cater to the changing needs of its future workers and residents. They added that as a community destination, District 2020 will welcome visitors and encourage residents to come together and enjoy the various attractions and spaces within the ecosystem, promoting a balanced lifestyle and personal wellbeing.”

The city will focus on reusing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Platinum-certified buildings, erected for the Expo, as part of its plans for an integrated mixed-use community.

District 2020 will also feature the Service Station of the Future, a sustainable and technologically advanced concept realized by ENOC, the official energy partner of Expo 2020 Dubai. Charging for electric vehicles is also available.

The Service Station of the Future served the entire Expo 2020 fleet ahead of and during the six months of Expo 2020 and will subsequently serve members of the public at District 2020, as part of Expo’s lasting sustainable legacy.

Dubai aims to provide opportunities to stakeholders in key sectors, including Fortune 500s, SMEs, startups, entrepreneurs and innovators with programs such as Scale2Dubai.

District 2020 has already attracted some of the world’s leading industrial, tech and logistic giants, including Siemens, Terminus and DP World.

Startups and small businesses enrolled with Scale2Dubai will have the opportunity to collaborate with large corporations, government entities, accelerators and universities at District 2020. They will also have access to venture capitalists and funding entities to support their growth plans.

Shanghai-based investment and incubation company Atlas Capital Holding has also announced it is building a block-chain campus in District 2020.

Welcome to the future. Welcome to Endless Possibilities and Opportunities!

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