An expo is a global destination for the exhibition of the industrial, scientific, technological achievements of the participating nations, held in various parts of the world. It gives millions to people the opportunity to share ideas, showcase innovation, boost collaboration and celebrate human creativity. Each city has to put forward a wide universal theme that applies to the whole of humanity, to be awarded the right to hold a major expo. Dubai, whose theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ won first place in the combined region of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia to host an expo.
When it was announced that Dubai has won the bid for Expo 2020, fireworks were set from Burj Khalifa. With two years remaining on the Expo 2020 timeline, work has commenced on various major tourist and leisure attractions. There will be many real estate projects, parks, resorts which will be open to the public.
1. Al Wasl Plaza
The word ‘wasl’ stands for connection and henceforth this place would be the centrepiece of Expo 2020. It will represent the theme of Dubai expo 2020 ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Crucial events such as opening and closing ceremonies will be held here. It will also feature the quintessential 65-metre high dome inspired by the Expo 2020 Dubai logo. This plaza has a 150-metre diameter which can hold more than 10,000 people, filled with fountains, waterfalls, parks and palm-lined courtyards. The crowd puller would be a 360-degree projection screen on the dome, which will be visible to visitors from inside and outside the plaza.
2. Dubai Water Canal Project
A water canal will be flown from Business Bay and connect the area with the Arabian Gulf. The $545 million Dubai Water Canal Project is a major attraction during the Dubai 2020 Expo and will connect major business areas with Arabian Gulf. This project comprises of four hotels, a new shopping centre and 450 restaurants as well as cycling path and extravagant housing containing private marinas for boats.
3. Museum of the Future
Museum of the future will be located next to Emirates towers which fill focus on future innovation and is expected to cost more than $200 million projects. The circular shaped building will host some of the world’s latest inventions. This museum will not only be open as a tourist destination but will also offer workshops, advanced courses and public events.
4. Jewel of the Creek
The Jewel of the Creek project boasts 19-storey apartment buildings, a huge waterfront, two luxury hotels, three office towers, a recreation centre and a convention centre with a ballroom. For the ultimate luxury experience, there will also be some retail shops and restaurants for young visitors. The project is located between Al Maktoum Bridge, Baniyas Road and the Floating Bridge which costs around $816 million, covering 123,955 square metres of land.
5. Aladdin City
Dubai Municipality has started the implementation of Aladdin themed city in the midst of Dubai Creek. Doesn’t the name say it all? Of course, the theme is based on the well-known tales of Aladdin and Sinbad. Aladdin city will spread over a distance of 450 metres, comprising of three towers that will resemble Aladdin’s magic lamp, comprising commercial and hotel space. It will also feature an air-conditioned bridge which will connect the towers, driveways and parking lots having space for 900 cars.
6. Deira Islands
Deira Islands is a 15.3 square km waterfront city, which will kick off the way for hundreds of new hotels, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and marinas. Deira Islands is something right out of heaven; in a literal sense. The tourist attractions include a large shopping mall; an Arabic souk-style night market, an amphitheatre for 30,000 people and a marina that can accommodate large yachts. This project is all set to come up in Dubai, at a whopping $150 million!
7. Bluewaters Island
One of the biggest tourist hotspots in the world will be the Bluewaters Island, located near Jumeirah Beach Residence. The AED6 billion Bluewaters Island is set to attract an estimated three million visitors per annum. After one of the world’s tallest building and largest mall, there would be the world’s largest Ferris wheel in Dubai located at Bluewaters Island named “Ain Dubai”. Ain Dubai is also known as Dubai Eye, is a giant Ferris wheel structure that stands tall at the height of 210 metres with a diameter of 250 metres.
8. Dubai Frame
One of the most prominent attractions in Dubai and the UAE is the Dubai frame. It is a 150m-high, 93m-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame. The honeycomb-like design on the Dubai Frame is a reference to the symbol of the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020. It is the biggest picture frame on the planet and holds the record for the largest frame in the world.
9. Dubai theme parks
This project comprises of not only one but combines three theme parks including Bollywood parks, Motiongate Dubai and Legoland Dubai. The Bollywood Park will have a 60,000sq ft. the stage that will hold Bollywood-themed performances. Legoland is intended at amusing children between 2 to 12 years of age.