One of the most awaited events in the world is Expo 2020, and Dubai has been given the honor of hosting this once-in-a-lifetime event by the Bureau International des Expositions. As Dubai likes to do things larger than life, the Expo 2020 is no different. Preparations are on the way to make this event the grandest it has ever been. The theme given to Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and 130 countries from around the world are going to be a part of it, So, how is Dubai preparing for Expo 2020? Let’s see.
1.Building a City
Yes, you’ve read it right. This is not a joke or exaggeration. Currently, a city is being built for Expo 2020 near the Al Maktoum International Airport. This city is going to be Dubai South, and much like Dubai, this city is also going to have many landmark destinations and attractions, world-class infrastructure and places that will simply make you happy. The idea is to mesmerize every person that comes to Dubai for Expo 2020. And the construction of Dubai South is certainly going to achieve this.
2.Revamping the Airport
As mentioned above, the site near the Al Maktoum International Airport is being developed for Expo 2020. So, the airport is going to see record-setting crowds coming in and going out, before, during and after the Expo 2020. So, the authorities are going to revamp the airport to increase its capacity to handle passengers and baggage. Once completely upgraded, Al Maktoum International Airport will be able to handle close to 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo. So, getting to Expo 2020 is going to be smooth ride.
3.Installing a Solar Park
One of the sub-themes of Expo 2020 is “Sustainability” to put this theme into practice, a solar park is being created near Al Maktoum International Airport. The arrival of millions of people will certainly increase the carbon footprint, but this solar park is expected to offset quite a lot of the carbon footprint. The Expo 2020 will also be home to revolutionary solar products and developments. So, it only makes sense to make use of this great technology.
4.Developing the Dubai Metro
With the ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid, giving the go-ahead for widespread infrastructural development throughout the city, transportation is going to get a huge facelift. Three new Dubai Metro lines are being developed that will connect many different areas of Dubai with the site of Expo 2020. These metro lines will be developed according to the latest safety techniques and comfort standards. The stations too will look elegant and futuristic. This development will further continue up till the year 2030, making Dubai’s metro projects one of the best in the world.
5.Highway to the Expo 2020
The Al Yalayes Road will be a four-lane spacious highway that will be at least 9kms long and will connect many important areas to each other. This will also ease a lot of traffic, and during Expo 2020, it will carry most of the vehicular traffic. Therefore, it is being developed and will play a huge role in Expo 2020 being a mega success. There are other smaller roads as well that are being constructed that will play an important role in the infrastructure.
6.Dubai Canal Project
Done with air, do with land, now it’s water’s turn. The Dubai Canal Project is a highlighted project of the city, and it actually already is completed. Dubbed as the Venice of the Middle East, this awesome project is going to let people get to Expo 2020 through boats, water taxis, abras, dhows and cruise ships. Already operational, the Dubai Canal Project makes for a great sight with cycle paths, walkways, 4 hotels, 1 mega shopping center and more than 450 restaurants. Since it became open to the public in November 2016, it has become a favorite haunt of tourists and locals. The visitors of Expo 2020 are going to love this place.
7.Beautifying the Whole City
The Municipal Corporation of Dubai is determined to make Dubai look like an oasis in the desert. For this, they have set a budget of Dh 6 billion to develop urban greenery that will cover a staggering 12,000 hectares. All over the city, especially the nearing areas of Expo 2020, you will see gorgeous landscaping, horticulture projects and more. All this will be done in ‘smart’ manner, meaning, the latest technology will be used, and internationally famed experts will be called to handle the beautification. Though Dubai is already considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, don’t be surprised if it is crowned the absolute best after Expo 2020.
The world is waiting with bated breath for Expo 2020, and all are eager to see the amazing things Dubai is going to do that will make this exposition unforgettable. The above mentioned are just a few things, there’s a whole lot more going on. Though 2020 may seem far many have begun preparation to come here. This world event is guaranteed to be a huge success, as Dubai has pulled out all stops.