The world witnessed the 35th world exhibition in history at Dubai,united Arab Emirates from October 1,2021 to March 31,2022 .Dubai is the very first country in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia to host a World Expo.Never in the history of World Expos have so many nations and so many cultures gathered together to do so much good for so many people. There were 24,102,967 visits recorded over a span of 182 days along with 192 participating countries.This has been a truly collective effort and a shining manifestation of the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'.
A walk through the captures from various pavilions of EXPO2020
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Here's a video compilation of expo2020 pavilions by KnockKnock
You can have a virtual tour of the EXPO2020 here .
The big question that arises after the end of EXPO2020 is that what is going to happen with the sprawling Expo site .
Here is the answer.......DISTRICT2020
To build a better tomorrow , EXPO2020 will evolve into a ' 15-minute' smart city called DISTRICT2020Dubai.
DISTRICT2020 is a "human-centric" city, which is essentially "a city designed around people, not around buildings or cars". They are designed to fulfill the needs of people who will live and work there.
District 2020 will evolve from Expo 2020 Dubai as a smart and sustainable city centered on the needs of its urban community. It will provide a curated innovation-driven business ecosystem that brings together global minds and embraces technology and digital innovation to support industry growth.District 2020 has been designed to support the future of working and living, and facilitate connection and collaboration. It will be home to an inclusive and diverse community seeking a more balanced way of life – a place that prioritizes well-being, inspires new ideas, facilitates growth and enables human potential.
Following the six months of the World Expo, District 2020 will re-purpose 80% of the Expo’s build environment into an integrated mixed use community that will continue to attract businesses and people to work, live, visit and enjoy.
Expo attractions to be retained in district 2020
Residents and employees will enjoy some of the iconic landmarks of Expo 2020, which live on after the mega event, including the gravity-defying Water Feature, observation deck Garden in the Sky and the iconic Al Wasl Plaza.
Al Wasl Plaza
Observation deck Garden in the Sky(image source)
Pavilions to be retained in district 2020
Tenants and visitors will also get the chance to indulge in some country pavilions that stay as major cultural attractions, including the UAE, Saudi and India.
UAE Pavilion(image source)
The falcon-shaped UAE Pavilion, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is the largest among the 200+country pavilions at Expo 2020,features 28 carbon fibre wings that can open and has built in solar panels. According to Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, the pavilion will remain as an Expo legacy plan that will reflect the country’s hopes and ambitions.
Saudi Arabia Pavilion(image source)
Nestled at the Al Forsan Park adjacent tothe ‘Opportunity’ district of the Expo 2020 Dubai, India Pavilion is one of the largest pavilions at the Expo 2020 Dubai and symbolizes ‘India on the move’.
The Sustainability Pavilion (Terra),the Mobility Pavilion (Alif), Vision Pavilion, Mission Possible, and Dubai Exhibition Centre will remain unchanged.
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion(image source)
Alif - The Mobility Pavilion(image source)
What is it be like to live and work in District 2020
District 2020 will be the UAE's first 15-minute city. Everything they need ,from offices, parks, groceries, retail shops, restaurants and coffee shops, will be accessible within 15 minutes by cycling, walking or riding e-scooters. The key is to make living car-free by connecting people via pedestrian walkways, autonomous vehicle routes and public transportation networks.
The first cohort of 85 startups and small businesses will set up shop at District 2020 by the end of this year. Nadimeh Mehra, vice-president of District 2020, said last week that the selected startups can operate from District 2020 rent-free for two years.Tala Al Ansari, director of Innovation Ecosystem and Scale2Dubai, a global entrepreneurship programme , said the startups will receive a "soft landing at District 2020 and will become part of our innovation ecosystem".
Residents would move into apartments at District 2020 by early next year. About 800 residential units, available only for rent, will be handed over starting from Q1 next year, along with about 2,300 apartments at the nearby Expo village, according to Sanjive Khosla, senior vice-president at District 2020.
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