Kate-Lynne Wolmarans15 Feb 2018 AT 12:02 PM

VIDEO: Progress of Dubai's Expo 2020 revealed

Things are shaping up quite nicely
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans15 Feb 2018 AT 12:02 PM
Al Wasl Plaza
© Expo 2020
Al Wasl Plaza
Route 2020
© Dubai Media Office
Route 2020

The organisers behind Expo 2020 have just released footage of the already iconic site and, it looks like things are shaping up quite nicely. 

The just under one minute long showcases three key aspects of the multi-billion dollar project. Among them include Al Wasl Plaza and Route 2020. 

If you're new to the party, here's what you need to know about Expo 2020. 

  • The Expo is a global event that aims to educate the public on the various developments of the world, share innovation, promote progress and foster international cooperation. The Expo also aims to offer a multifaceted event where extraordinary exhibitions, diplomatic encounters, business meetings, public debates and live shows take place, all under one roof.
  • The project has an estimated value of US$33 billion
  • More than 200 international participants including countries, companies, NGOs and educational institutions will be taking part.
  • The site will be home to a number of iconic structures such as Al Wasl Plaza, a brand new neighbourhood called District 2020 and a new metro route, Route 2020.

Here's a bit more information on each of the three projects mentioned above...

Al Wasl Plaza will be a massive project that, once complete, will give millions of visitors a dramatic central hub to explore. Once the six month event is over, it will be used as multi-purpose legacy for the site.

District 2020 will have 65,000 square metres of residential space and 135,000 square metres of commercial space. It will also feature 10 kilometres of cycling tracks and 45,900 square metres of parkland – the equivalent of six football pitches. District 2020 will also be one of first destinations in the world with a 5G mobile network.

Aside from providing access to the site, Route 2020 will give residents and tourists direct access to areas like the Discovery Gardens, Jumeriah Gold Estates and Dubai Investment Parks. The AED10.6 billion metro project will also introduce 50 new trains the Dubai Metro’s fleet, 15 of which will be exclusively for the Expo while the remaining 35 will go to improving the overall traffic on the Dubai Metro. In total, Route 2020 will feature seven stations, five elevated and two underground, which will run from the Nakheel Harbour & Tower Metro Station to the Expo 2020 site.

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