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11 April, 2022

Expo 2020 is Done, District 2020 is now in progress

Dubai is getting ready to welcome District 2020, a ‘smart city’ that will take shape in and around the Expo venue – and in no time emerge as the next big thing when it comes to choosing an office, a home, or a retail space.


For now, however, the attention will be on repurposing the entire Expo site, starting with the dismantling of all non-legacy structures. The dismantling (or re-purposing) works will need to be accurately designed and planned, as they can be as complex as the original construction.


Multiple contractors and project management teams will get busy on the site for the tearing down works, which could take between three to six months, depending on the ‘size and complexity’ of these buildings.


Interestingly, the dismantling works are not managed by areas at the site but are managed separately and mostly independently for each Pavilion, as each participant country (or corporate entity) contracted the dismantling team independently from those hired for other pavilions.


That’s broadly in line with earlier announcements made by the operators of District 2020, who are looking at the first tenants making a move into the offices from October. Leading names that have signed up include DP World and Siemens. District 2020 is repositioning itself as a full-scale innovation hub, with the latest in available technology and 5G-enabled services powering the systems.


Some of the legacy buildings remain, such as the UAE Pavilion and the Mobility and Sustainability structures. Also remaining in place are a few other national pavilions.


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