Expo 2020 site to live on as office and exhibition space

The Expo 2020 site will become "the future home of Dubai’s conferences and exhibitions" once the event concludes in 2021.

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Marjan Faraidooni, the vice president of Expo 2020 organising body at the Cityscape Global Conference in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National

The Expo 2020 site will become “the future home of Dubai’s conferences and exhibitions” once the event concludes in 2021.

Marjan Faraidooni, the organising body’s vice president of legacy, said that more than 80 per cent of the 4.3-square-kilometre site in the Dubai South district will be reused for conferencing and exhibitions, as well as providing collaborative working spaces, an educational institute and a “science exploratorium”.

“More than 80 per cent of our investments will be retained following the event,” Ms Faraidooni said at the Cityscape Global conference on Monday. “This includes the infrastructure, as well as the cutting-edge technologies, the roads and public transport systems put in place to host the Expo.”

The conference and exhibition centre, a key building in the Expo master plan, will become a major event venue, to be operated by Dubai World Trade Centre.

Ms Faraidooni described it as “the other growth engine” for Dubai World Trade Centre, alongside its existing site on Sheikh Zayed Road. More info

By Michael Fahy  www.thenational.ae

Photo: Marjan Faraidooni, the vice president of Expo 2020 organising body at the Cityscape Global Conference in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National

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