80% of Expo 2020 site to be redeveloped

After the event, all Expo's assets and transport infrastructure will be re-purposed for future use by a range of tenants and major private sector firms

[L-R] Anita Mehra, Issam Kazim, Deirdre Wells OBE,and Marjan Faraidooni
[L-R] Anita Mehra, Issam Kazim, Deirdre Wells OBE,and Marjan Faraidooni

Plans for the Expo 2020 site after the event concludes will see 80% of the plot re-developed.

This information was revealed during Expo 2020 Dubai: The Legacy, the first session to take place on the Arabian Travel Market Global Stage, on April 24.

The panel was chaired by UAE broadcaster and journalist, Richard Dean, and featured Marjan Faraidooni, SVP, legacy developments & impact, Expo 2020 Dubai; Anita Mehra, SVP communications & reputation Dubai Airport; Issam Kazim, CEO, DTCM; and Deirdre Wells OBE, CEO, UKinbound.

Faraidooni said: "We planned the Expo with two missions in mind. The first is to make sure the visitor has an unforgettable experience from the second they step foot in Dubai until they leave.

"The second mission is the legacy question, Expo 2020 is being built with legacy in mind and all assets will remain after the event including the buildings and transport infrastructure."

Last year, Expo 2020 Dubai awarded over 1,200 contracts, worth US $544.5 million and a further 47 construction contracts worth $3 billion are due to be awarded in 2017.

After the event, all Expo’s assets and transport infrastructure will be re-purposed for future use by a range of tenants and major private sector firms.

Siemens AG became the first firm to announce plans earlier this year, when it confirmed its global headquarters for airports, cargo and ports logistics, will be based out of the Expo2020 site from 2021.

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