As much as 80% of Expo 2020 buildings will become part of District 2020, a new integrated community set to open in late 2021.
This was announced recently during a visit by H H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, on the Expo 2020 site a day after the 47th UAE National Day celebrations.
According to a Dubai Media Office report, District 2020 has already attracted interest from leading global companies including Expo’s Premier Partners Accenture and Siemens, which will establish important bases there.
District 2020 will be part of the wider national development of Dubai South and will be connected by Dubai Metro and four major UAE highways.
It will also host an important new national business facility, the Dubai Exhibition Centre.
He said that the Expo presents opportunities to inspire youth to be active contributors in shaping the future.
H H Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by H E Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau about the progress of the Expo 2020 project and key initiatives including the Expo School Programme launched in 2016 to create initiatives and resources to enable school students to explore Expo 2020 and its global vision in an engaging way.
His Highness expressed his appreciation for the School Programme as it targets the new generation. He pointed out that building the future starts with developing the younger generation.
"The event is one of the largest global gatherings that bring together the world’s greatest minds to discuss how we can shape the future. The youth should play a key part in this mega event and get opportunities to observe, learn and contribute creative ideas so that they can develop innovative solutions for creating a better future for our region and the world,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
H said that Expo 2020 Dubai plans to give every school student in the UAE a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to benefit from the event.
"Sheikh Zayed directed us that youth should be supported and motivated to participate in the process of nation building. Today, the youth represent a top priority for the UAE. This approach has enabled us to achieve a leading status among the developed nations of the world and made us a frontrunner in shaping the future,” HH Sheikh Mohammed said.
In October this year, the Expo School Programme launched the Expo 2020 Dubai Visitor Center as part of its outreach programme, attracting students from both government and private schools across the UAE. The Center provides an insight into the Expo and offers exciting workshops for students on the Expo themes.
The School Programme is supported by other Expo 2020 initiatives that aim to involve UAE youth including the Volunteer scheme, which has so far attracted around 25,000 expressions of interest. Expo 2020 has also launched internship and apprentice schemes, including a project that offers people of determination opportunities to work at the Expo.
This is the latest of several of His Highness’s visits to the Expo 2020 site to review the progress of the project since the UAE won its bid to stage the event in 2013.
Sheikh Mohammed’s visit took place in one of the anchor buildings on the site overlooking the iconic Al Wasl Plaza. The visit followed a momentous week for Expo 2020 Dubai during which it was confirmed that 190 nations will be participating in the event.
Sheikh Mohammed was given updates on the significant progress made by the Expo 2020 real estate and development team. Construction is well placed to be completed well before the event’s opening in 2020.
H H Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, and H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, president of the Department of Civil Aviation and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum commented: “The Expo will be a destination for all nations to share their collective visions of the future. Specifically for the UAE, it will be happening on the eve of the nation’s 50th Jubilee Anniversary when we will share with the world our vision for the future, our culture and the values we stand for as a nation. Led by our youth, we will celebrate with the world our progress.”
Expo 2020 Dubai will be a celebration for all. Through its theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the event will provide a platform for encouraging creativity, innovation and collaboration. This is underpinned by Expo’s three pillars seen as key to tackling humanity’s key challenges: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Expo 2020 Dubai will open on 20 October, 2020, in 686 days, and close six months later, on 10 April, 2021. More than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organisations, corporations and educational institutions, are expected to take part in the landmark event.