What will happen to the EXPO 2020 site after event closes?

As much as 80 per cent of the Expo site will be remodeled
Expo 2020, Logistics, Siemens, District 2020

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The Expo 2020 Dubai site is set to be redeveloped following the event to become a mixed-use, integrated ecosystem known as District 2020.

The community will include a range of features and offerings, including commercial, educational, cultural, and residential infrastructure.

District 2020 will eventually span more than 2,000,000 square-metres, with as much as 80 per cent of the Expo site itself being repurposed. A number of iconic structures will be transformed into full-time facilities, including the giant Al Wasl Plaza dome, and the Sustainability Pavilion, which will become a Children and Science Centre.

The new Dubai Exhibition Centre will also remain, as well as much of the transportation infrastructure, making District 2020 one of the most accessible communities in Dubai.

District 2020 has already announced a number of global anchor tenants including Atlas Capital Holding, a Shanghai investment firm, and Siemens, which is set to build a global logistics headquarters on site to assist with its cargo, and sea and airports operations.

“We have a team that is part of the Expo but is also focused on how we ensure a seamless transition after,” said Marjan Faraidooni, chief pavilions and exhibitions officer at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“We proactively seek organisations that meet our innovation vision. Atlas Capital is...a very positive addition because it supports the UAE in terms of future technology,” she added.

The Shanghai-based firm will be constructing a blockchain campus at District 2020, in line with the master strategy of hosting and developing blockchain companies.

“District 2020 is the ideal location to build a blockchain and fintech ecosystem, which is capable of attracting accelerators from all over the world,” said Rain Huan, co-founder of Atlas Capital.

“Our vision is to support Dubai in its goal of developing into a long-term hub for innovation by creating a blockchain campus of the future — an industry hub dedicated to connecting blockchain researchers and entrepreneurs with investors,” Huan added.

The Expo 2020 Dubai fair will officially close in 2021, leaving a wealth of new opportunities to repurpose the sprawling 438-hectare site.

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