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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 29/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Staff from participating countries working on the expo will be able to move into expo village after its targeted completion by 2018.

dubai plans to complete all major construction activities on the world expo 2020 site by october 2019 allowing a full year of readiness testing for all networks systems and technologies.

an artist’s impression of the al wasl plaza which will be constructed on the main site of world expo 2020. — supplied impression

staff from participating countries working on the expo will be able to move into expo village — a residential community development providing full-time housing facilities — after its targeted completion by 2018 following which the pavilion construction will start.

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“one of our strongest assets during the bid was a robust and well-progressed master plan with a clear existing legacy which (the) dubai world trade centre as (the) developer of the expo 2020 site has continued to evolve and drive forward rigorously to ensure that we are on track to delivering a truly exceptional world expo in 2020. we have made a commitment to the international community to make the 2020 expo a true world expo — one that is globally inclusive in reach stimulating greater collaboration across the world’s public and private sector players to drive advancements and innovative solutions in the fields of mobility sustainability and economic development leaving behind a strong transformative social and economic legacy across the region and beyond.”

shaikh ahmed bin saeed al maktoum expo 2020 preparatory higher committee chairman president of the department of civil aviation and chairman and chief executive of emirates airline and group

“building and implementing strategic partnerships on a city-wide level is already being progressed and the driving forward of potential international participant engagement across governments private sector and institutional players is underway. through our theme dubai expo 2020 will serve as a catalyst connecting minds from around the world and inspiring participants to mobilise themselves around shared challenges during a world expo of unprecedented global scope.”

reem ibrahim al hashimi uae minister of state and expo preparatory committee member

“dubai expo 2020 seeks to offer the international community an opportunity to understand perspectives share practices and develop solutions for an inclusive future. collaboration and innovation — the cornerstones of this platform — are cornerstones of the master plan as well. layering the expo’s key requirements on this base and building on sound design principles rooted in a clear longer term legacy is the modus operandi of a viable expo master plan that will ensure dubai expo 2020 sets a new standard for global mega events.”

helal saeed almarri director-general of the department of tourism and commerce marketing ceo of dubai world trade centre and expo preparatory committee member

in the early part of 2015 following finalisation of the detailed master planning site readiness activity will commence on the dubai trade centre-jebel ali site to prepare for full-fledged construction immediately.

prior to this dubai will seek the approval of the mandatory registration dossier from the bureau of international expositions (bie) the governing body of the world expo.

this document is a legally binding submission that will include more in-depth content across key topics presented in the bid document such as theme communications programmes and the detailed master plan. the approval for the dossier which is necessary to commence formal engagement with the international participants is expected to coincide with the conclusion of milan expo 2015.

these plans on the phased completion of projects related to world expo 2020 were revealed at an executive committee session of the bureau of international expositions (bie) in france.

helal saeed almarri director-general of the department of tourism and commerce marketing ceo of dubai world trade centre and expo preparatory committee member presented the progress update on the dubai expo 2020 organisation governance framework and site development including key milestones and timelines for the delivery of the iconic event an official statement said on monday.

“the sheer level of detail that has already been developed for the master plan means that we are significantly advanced with the requirements for the immediate next stage of delivery and well on track to ensuring timely and holistic implementation. it has undergone substantial review and feasibility from optimum land usage and sustainability targets to infrastructure planning transport forecast modelling and the seamless incorporation of dubai smart city’s principles for a completely integrated participant and visitor experience” said almarri.

the 438-hectare exhibition site at dubai trade centre-jebel ali that includes a dedicated gated 150-hectare expo area and a surrounding residential hospitality and logistics zone will play host to the 25 million visitors expected at dubai expo 2020 running from october 20 2020 – april 10 2021.

the dubai expo 2020 is designed to be easily accessible from transport to and from the site as well as while at the venue for all people regardless of age or physical ability.

at its peak the site is designed to accommodate up to 300000 visitors with average weekday attendance expected at 153000.

a comprehensive visitor management study has been undertaken around the dubai expo 2020 hosting including city wide traffic and movement flow analysis. sustainability lies at the heart of the expo transportation strategy as it will seek to maximise the use of public transport systems in delivering visitors to the site. an extension to the existing dubai metro (red line) will be constructed along with a dedicated station on the expo site to encourage maximum usage of public transport systems.

additionally a bespoke zero-emission bus service will transport visitors to and from the expo site from pick-up points throughout the uae situated in key hotel and major population areas.

at these pick-up points passengers will undergo ticket checks and security screening prior to boarding the exporider buses in operation eliminating the need for further checking when they reach the expo site to facilitate faster processing through the entrances.

the centre of the expo al wasl plaza will be within 15 minutes’ walk from any part of the site and an autonomous people mover system is planned to assist visitor movement around the site.

“to determine the most effective transport policy and planning for expo 2020 key principles have been adopted based on detailed analysis of peak demand flows capacity of the available infrastructure including road network and sustainability objectives. their readiness and connectivity to the expo site is of course a major priority and is a widely collaborative effort between the rta dubai municipality dubai airports and other key expo stakeholders with joint planning already well progressed after a number of key meetings” said almarri.

the expo 2020 preparatory committee is driving forward the dubai expo 2020 delivery reporting directly to his highness shaikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.

running october 2020 through april 2021 the expo will launch the country’s golden jubilee celebrations and serve as a springboard from which to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades.

in the next six years over 275000 jobs are estimated to be created across the region to service the expo across several sectors linked to expo delivery and legacy transition plans such as tourism aviation construction real estate engineering infrastructure; logistics transportation hospitality and retail. preliminary estimates indicate that the economic impact generated by the expo between now and 2021 will be approximately €17.7 billion (approximately dh90.06 billion).

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