Expo City Dubai to build on legacy for sustainable city district
UAE, Dubai: Expo 2020 site to become technology-driven smart city in free zone, with Siemens as anchor tenant of what is planned to become a startup hub, deploying advanced IoT, attaining high energy and water self-sufficiency with on-site solar.
Dubai Expo 2020, the first World Expo to occur in MEA, showcases sustainable cities and smart infrastructure in the region.
The Expo event, which ran for six months through last March, gained notoriety for its ambition to become the most sustainable expo yet. From its start 10 years ago, it was planned to be the nucleus of a new permanent district designed to set a new course for the sprawling desert metropolis.
Ambitious goals for energy use, water and waste recycling were set. Protocols for monitoring, reporting and adjusting in light of emerging data were put in place. Design and construction took seven years.
The Expo 2020 site is being transformed into a technology-driven smart city, Dubai Expo City. It seeks to be a hub for high tech business in a dense city district devoted to high environmental goals.
The city currently extends across 1,083 ac (4.38 sq. km) of reclaimed desert making it small in area. But its technological innovations could create a mighty impact in Dubai and throughout MEA.
Expo 2020/Dubai Expo City is scheduled to reopen to the public this week. The Expo City Dubai Authority (ECDA) will lead its ongoing development with ‘free zone’ designation.
Source: Energy & Utilities