Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020, and world expectations at once went up. Dubai is following in the wake of a stupendously popular event hosted by Shanghai in 2010 while fashion capital Milan will host the event in 2015. 

Dubai, already home to the world’s tallest building in a host of superlatives, has already begun planning for the six month mega event, which is expected to draw 25 million visitors, a majority of them non residents. The 4.4 square kilometre area has already been identified, in Dubai’s emerging aerotropolis, Dubai Central World. 

The Expo is expected to give another major boost to Dubai’s status as a regional economic powerhouse besides significantly augmenting its already impressive infrastructure. 

Here are a few preview images of what the Expo is expected to look like. While the design decisions are likely to be finalised by the end of this year by a specially constituted administrative body consisting of Dubai’s elite, it has already been decided that the smaller pavilions will be at the centre, and larger ones to the sides to assist in navigation. At least 50 per cent of the energy requirements will be generated from the site itself through extensive use of solar panels. 




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