The six-month-long Expo 2020 in Dubai will officially end on March 31, having attracted nearly 17 million visitors from around the world. In its twilight, attention has now shifted to the Expo’s larger-than-life structures and what they become once the event is over.
However, to understand what happens to the buildings, monuments and facilities at Expo 2020, it is important to know the different types of buildings during the mega event.
As their name suggests, temporary pavilions are the pavilions erected by the countries that have rented them on an ad hoc basis. The plan is to operate these pavilions only until Expo 2020 is LIVE, then tear them down once the curtains fall on March 31. The space freed up by these pavilions will then accommodate several homes, offices and commercial buildings as Expo 2020 transforms into a real estate giant, District 2020. Several countries, including the United States, Russia and China , have temporary pavilions at Expo 2020.
Legacy pavilions are pavilions whose lifespan will extend long after Expo 2020 ends next week. These pavilions could belong either to the countries that have permanently installed them, or to the Expo 2020 organizers themselves (mobility or sustainability pavilions, for example). Given the “legacy” tag attached to these pavilions, their goal is to still have a place on the Expo 2020 site, even if a new satellite township begins to form around them.
Countries whose flags are legacy flags include India, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. While Luxembourg runs its pavilion as a legacy pavilion, the country is reportedly set to “donate” its pavilion to the Expo 2020 site once the event is over. Other pavilions like the Sustainability, Mobility or Opportunity pavilions will also remain Expo legacy pavilions, even though the local government is in the process of assigning a role to these buildings in the future.
These structures are buildings that do not serve as pavilions, but were built to serve the commercial and utilitarian needs of Expo 2020, although some of them also serve as local attractions. As their “legacy” tag suggests, these buildings and structures, while not pavilions, will remain long after their neighboring (temporary) pavilions have been razed to make way for new homes and offices.
For example, Expo 2020 has the now famous Al Wasl Dome in the center, which is expected to remain a legacy structure. Surrounding the dome is Expo’s Rove Hotel, which is also expected to continue to serve District 2020’s hospitality needs. Not far away is AR Rahman’s newest music project in Dubai, Firdaus Studio, which should also remain a legacy structure. . The local attraction, ‘Gardens In The Sky’ is another.
The bigger picture at Expo 2020 is the real estate potential of the site. Located about 50 kilometers from downtown Dubai, the expo site is set to transform into another real estate giant in the emirate, which one might imagine was made by the event itself.
However, to build something so ambitious, it goes without saying that some Expo structures will have to crumble. “Nearly 80% of what Expo has built will remain a legacy,” explains Anoosha Al Marzouqi, Director of the Opportunity Pavilion, “Although District 2020 is the name of the Expo site, it will turn into a community residential and commercial called the “15 Minute City” eventually.
(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)
First post: STI