The Expo 2020 site is to be transformed into Expo City Dubai and will soon welcome thousands of new residents and businesses, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said on Monday.
In a series of tweets, Sheikh Mohammed set out his vision for the heritage site.
Expo City Dubai will be the “centre of economic activity” and will be home to major companies and their headquarters.
The city will open in phases from October.
It will be free to enter and explore but will require a paid-for attraction pass to enter the pavilions. More details about the pass are expected soon.
With a focus on technology and the environment, it will serve as a destination in its own right, served by the nearby Dubai World Central Airport and a metro link from the city centre.
“After the historical success of Expo 2020 Dubai, visited by more than 24 million visitors, left a mark in the 170-year history of world expositions, today we announce the transformation of the exhibition site into Expo City Dubai, a new city that represents the ambitions of Dubai,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.
“Expo City Dubai will be an environmentally friendly city that caters to families and future generations.
“A city connected to a port and two airports, and also to beautiful memories in the hearts and minds of millions of people.”
Important buildings and some of the most popular attractions from Expo 2020 Dubai, which ran from October last year until late March, will remain.
“The magic of Expo will continue,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.
“Al Wasl Dome will remain, the Expo waterfall will remain, and the pavilions will remain: the Emirates, Ali and Terra.
“This new city will be home to a new museum, a world-class exhibition centre and the headquarters of cutting-edge and fast-growing companies.
“It will continue to host the pavilions of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt and others.
“It will be a city that embodies the dreams of every city.”