Expo 2020 Dubai to reopen as a futuristic city in October

The former expo site will be transformed into Expo City Dubai, which will house an exhibition centre, museums and HQs of businesses.

The 45,000-sqm Dubai Exhibition Centre anchors Expo City Dubai, converted from the Expo 2020 site.
The 45,000-sqm Dubai Exhibition Centre anchors Expo City Dubai, converted from the Expo 2020 site. Photo Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo Dubai 2020 may be over, but the legacy site will get a new lease of life when it opens as Expo City Dubai on 1 October 2022.

Expo City Dubai – the legacy plan for the former Expo 2020 Dubai site and part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan – is a realisation of the emirate's vision of an environmentally-friendly, business and innovation-focused, tech-enabled city of the future.

Anchoring the new city's MICE offerings will be the 45,000-sqm Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), which features on-site catering with its own resident culinary and service teams.

The DEC houses two wings. The South Complex spans 28,000 sqm of space divided into nine halls, with 10-metre high ceilings, and which can accommodate anywhere from 300 to 20,000 people.

The North Complex with 17,000 sqm and 14-metre high ceilings is divided into five halls with capacity ranging from 200 to 11,000 people. Two of its conference rooms can each host more than 1,800 people and its auditorium is completely reconfigurable to accommodate anywhere from 200 to 2,000 guests.

n addition, the DEC features 24 function rooms for smaller meetings, breakouts, workshops or seminars, and four suites or majlis for boardroom meetings and VIP gala dinners, with view of Expo City Dubai's central Al Wasl Plaza.

The DEC is adjacent to Dubai Metro's Route 2020 train station, which connects visitors directly to other entertainment and hotel offerings in Dubai within 15 minutes.

Expo City Dubai will retain some of Expo 2020's attractions, such as Al Wasl Plaza and the Garden in the Sky observation tower, along with re-worked versions of some of the country pavilions, whereas other features will be converted into interactive educational venues as well as a museum.

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