EXPO 2020 Dubai UAE
Winning the bid to host world Expo 2020 in November 2013 was another addition to Dubai's long line of accolades. It was the culmination of the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai to upgrade infrastructure and services that have made the city a premier global hub for business, finance and tourism.
The Emirate has capitalised on its fantastic location on the global map to act as a communication link between various continents. Two-thirds of the world's population is within an eight-hour flight from Dubai. Superb infrastructure, world-class services, fine shopping centers, abundant tourist activities and events set Dubai apart. The city attracts millions of visitors every year. In 2015, the number of Dubai's visitors clocked more than 14 million.
Expo 2020, which will see the participation of about 200 entities, including companies, is expected to attract about 25 million visitors. Seventy per cent of them will be coming from abroad during the duration of the event from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
The maximum number of visitors at the Expo every day is expected to reach 300,000. Moving this massive number of people between the Expo site and their places of stay seamlessly requires sound planning and strategy.
Mega events are not new to Dubai. These include IMF and World Bank meetings, Dubai Airshow, Dubai Shopping Festival, and New Year's celebrations attended by around 1.7 million persons assembled in a small area next to Burj Khalifa.
As part of its preparations for hosting Expo 2020 in a style befitting the profile of Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority has developed a master plan, which will have multiple transit options. The Dubai Metro, buses and taxis will be in the thick of the action. Environmental sustainability will mean mass transit will account for 51 per cent of trips from and to the Expo Site.