Dubai's Government leads the way for the development of Expo 2020
Preparing the city for 25 million visitors
Development for the World Expo 2020 is expected to start by the beginning of next year, as key government agencies reveal their master-plan for development at the Destination Dubai 2020 conference.
Dubai will invest USD$8.8 billion to develop facilities for the Expo 2020 event, Dubai's government playing a significant part in the process of the developing the event.
Helal Saeed al-Marri, director-general at Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said a "significant amount" of the funding will come from the government, but there was also an opportunity for the private sector to invest.
At the opening session of the conference which took place this week at Dubai's JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, stating preparation for the event would involve two main areas, development of the actual Expo site and development of the city.
"The Expo site requires significant infrastructure and development, and the team is working on designs for this. This will be very project based," Al-Marri said. "The other side is city readiness. [The event] will require significant development around the city."
A key part of preparing the city to accomodate the 25 million visitors which are expected to attend the event, will be to double the number of hotel rooms in Dubai.
The ongoing Destination Dubai 2020 event is the first conference to detail the developments in Dubai's preparations for the Expo 2020, the first step in preparing Dubai to host the world's largest and most prestigious exhibition.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's decree to set up a committee to oversea preparations for the Expo 2020 event will come under the supervision of Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.