According to a statement released by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which serves as the national developer of the new Expo 2020 site, construction of infrastructure for the World Expo 2020, of which Dubai qualified for and won, is set to commence in early 2015. This six month international event will be held at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, a location that rests halfway from the centers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is next to the Dubai World Central airport and Jebel Ali Port. The World Expo, which is held every five years in a different country, holds and displays various exhibitions, pavilions, and cultural events. Actual construction on the main venue will commence following an approval by the Registration Dossier by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), which serves as the governing entity of the World Expo. The report includes factors entered in the Bid Document, including the master plan, theme, and communications programs. All major on-site construction is projected to be fully complete by October 2019. While infrastructure and operational costs are expected to reach approximately 88.47 billion dollars. “We have made a commitment to the international community to make the 2020 Expo a true World Expo – one that is globally inclusive in reach, stimulating greater collaboration across the world’s public and private sector players to drive advancements and innovative solutions in the fields of mobility, sustainability and economic development, leaving behind a strong transformative social and economic legacy across the region and beyond,” said President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline, Shaikh Ahmad bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The site which is 1,082 acres will have a gated Expo area spanning 370 acres and will have residential as well as hospitality and logistics zones. Dubai’s master plan has adopted the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” for their hosting of the World Expo event. With the gated area there will designated zones dedicated to the Dubai’s underlying sub-themes which are mobility, sustainability, and opportunity. Each sub-theme will have its own souq (an open-air market place) as well as an entertainment center and a concentrated theme pavilion. Furthermore, housing facilities for staff from participating countries working on Expo2020 will be offered at the Expo Village, which is set to be complete by 2018. Construction of the pavilions will most likely follow after the completion of Expo Village. “The sheer level of detail that has already been developed for the Master Plan means that we are significantly advanced with the requirements for the immediate next stage of delivery and well on-track to ensuring timely and holistic implementation,” said CEO of DWTC and Director-General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Helal Saeed Al Merri. Now with the projected number of visitors to World Expo 2020 Dubai currently estimated at 25 million and 250 participants, transportation systems to and from the event will be developed to accommodate visitors and locals. An extension to the Dubai Metro (Red Line) will be constructed, in accordance with a station located at the exhibition site. In addition, there will be a bus service that transports visitors to and from the event from different pick-up and drop-off points throughout the U.A.E. The Al Wasl Plaza will be within 15 minutes’ walk from any part of the site. The exhibition site will be able to cater up to 300,000 visitors at its peak and 153,000 visitors on average. “Building and implementing strategic partnerships on a city-wide level is already being progressed and the driving forward of potential international participant engagement across governments, private sector and institutional players is underway,” said the U.A.E’s Minister of State and a member of the Expo Preparatory Committee, Reem Al Hashemi. To ensure the site is sustainable, Expo 2020 Dubai looks to provide at least 50% of the exhibition site’s energy requirements from renewable energy sources. The event also plans to cut back on water consumption by 25% throughout the pavilions and building located on the site.
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