Dubai's Expo 2020 site to be completed by October 2019
The 438-hectare space to play host to 25 million vistors
On Monday, Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Expo Preparatory Committee member, the Expo 2020 site activity will commence on the Dubai Trade Centre–Jebel Ali location early next year.
Plans to extend the Red Line of Dubai Metro and to launch a zero-emission bus services were also confirmed by officials.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee chairman, president of the Department of Civil Aviation and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said, "One of our strongest assets during the bid was a robust and well progressed masterplan with a clear existing legacy, which Dubai World Trade Centre, as developer of the Expo 2020 site, has continued to evolve and drive forward rigorously to ensure that we are on track to delivering a truly exceptional World Expo in 2020.
Once opened, the 438-hectare site that features a dedicated gated 150-hectare exposition area and surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone, will play host to an expected 25 million visitors at Dubai's Expo 2020, which will be running from October 20 2020 to April 10 2021.
Over 275,000 jobs are estimated to be created across the region to service the exposition, in the next six years. Preliminary estimates also indicate that the economic impact created by the expo between now and 2021 will be around $24.5bn.