Last modified on 25th February 2022. Dubai Real Estate Blog
While Expo 2020 is coming to an end, all of us are thinking, ‘What does the future hold for the Dubai Expo site after Expo 2020?’, nothing to worry about, there’s an impressive plan in place. When Expo draws to a close at the end of March 2022, the site will turn into a large-scale, human-centric community called District 2020. The district will carry forward the legacy of Expo 2020, standing at the forefront of smart, cutting-edge technology, and will be built by retaining 80% of the site of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The World Expo is a unique opportunity to be inspired by new innovative ideas, technologies, inventions, and immersive cultural experiences. Expo 2020 offers you the whole world in the palm of your hand.
Each of the countries has its own pavilion in line with one of the three themes of Expo 2020: Opportunity, Sustainability, and Mobility. The Expo 2020 pavilions serve as a catalyst offering visitors a taste of the art, architecture, and culture of each country.
Expo 2020 will run for six months, it started on October 1st, 2021, and will last until March 31st, 2022. After that, Expo 2020’s site will evolve into District 2020.
Let’s take a look at everything been announced so far about District 2020.
District 2020 residents will live and work in the UAE's first 15-minute city. Everything they need from offices, parks, groceries, retail shops, restaurants, and coffee shops will be accessible by simply cycling, walking, or riding e-scooters – accessible in under 15 minutes.
The key is to make living car-free by connecting people via pedestrian walkways, autonomous vehicle routes, and public transportation networks. District 2020 will be accessible through a dedicated metro station and three major arterial roads with flyovers purposely built prior to District 2020 occupation. The city will house 10km of cycling tracks, 5km of jogging tracks, and multi-purpose sports facilities.
Through sustainable means of transportation and a fully integrated community, District 2020 will serve as "a wellness-focused zone" that is shaped to encourage a balanced and active lifestyle for an estimated population of 145,000 people. Also, Mental wellbeing has been given a special focus.
District 2020 will provide an array of leasable commercial spaces for both smaller businesses and globally leading companies. Designed to foster collaboration, these spaces will include both offices and co-working spaces. Apart from businesses, the facilities will also be suitable for innovation labs and R&D centers.
There will be high-rise buildings with courtyards or relatively smaller, campus-style buildings. The leasable commercial office spaces have been designed to cater to businesses of all sizes, featuring units of 50 sq. m. upwards to the entire 800 sq. m. buildings.
District 2020 will provide a flexible, tech-enabled environment for your employees with 5G and IoT technologies, smart mobility, and calming outdoor spaces.
The District will have a competitive free zone structure to help innovation-driven businesses test their ideas or run pilot projects. Major details of this agile framework have yet not been released by the authorities.
District 2020 will be ideal for ambitious professionals and families who wish to work and live in one place, maintaining a strong work-life balance. The facilities and amenities in the District 2020 residential areas will include: retail strips, schools, 4 km of autonomous vehicle routes, pedestrian walkways.
District 2020 will be the first area to be registered under the cutting-edge well community standard pilot. It will feature: 5km of jogging pathways, 10km of bike tracks, 45,000 sq. m. of gardens and parks.
For those seeking flexible housing in Dubai, District 2020 will offer them a diverse range of apartments. The choices include:
Residents and employees will enjoy some of the iconic landmarks of Expo 2020, which live on after the mega event, including the exceptional feet-dipping Water Feature and the observation deck Garden in the Sky. In the evenings, they will get the treat of all stunning 360 light projections, diverse events, and concerts at the Al Wasl Plaza, the jewel of Expo 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 ones.
(Terra) the sustainability pavilion will be transformed into a children and science centre, while the mobility pavilion (Alif), vision pavilion, mission possible, and Dubai exhibition center will remain unchanged.
District 2020 will make an effort to support the creation of future smart cities. For this, it will employ the most advanced technologies including the internet of things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and big data across key industries.
District 2020 will bring academic institutions, research and development centers, incubators, and accelerators together. This will instigate the exchange of ideas and knowledge, resulting in transformative progress.
District 2020’s Urban Lab will serve as a reliable testing ground for businesses testing pilot projects and launching products before they are available on the wider market.
The legacy of Expo 2020 will continue through the formation of District 2020 as an ideation space that brings together global innovators and entrepreneurs to contribute to the innovation-driven economy.
Around 80 start-ups will also be selected as part of the Scale2Dubai global entrepreneur program to collaborate with SMEs, innovation centers, research institutions, government agencies, incubators, accelerators, and universities in an innovation-driven ecosystem.
Expo 2020’s site will transition into District 2020 after March 2022.
District 2020 was designed with an objective to utilise 80 percent of Expo's built environment, but in reality, will be re-purposing 90 to 95 per cent of Expo. These include LEED Gold, the sustainability pavilion, and platinum-certified buildings.
Residents will move into apartments at District 2020, the legacy site of Expo 2020 Dubai, by the end of this year.
As District 2020 is eyeing companies in tech and innovation, 15 percent of commercial office space has already been pre-leased.
The first set of tenants to move in will be businesses whose office spaces will be ready as early as July. The transition process will be carried out in phases over nine months after the world's biggest cultural event ends on March 31.
While 800 residential units, available only for rent, will be handed over starting from December 2022, about 2,300 apartments at the nearby Expo village will be available much earlier.
So far, spaces in District 2020 are available for rent, although property buying can be an option in the future.
If you want to put your money to good use, check out some top areas to buy properties near the Expo 2020 site. You find both villas and apartments in areas like Jumeirah Golf Estate which tops our list of the popular areas to buy villas near the Expo 2020 site.
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Cover Image: District 2020