How Expo 2020 will benefit Dubai

Ever since the news broke that Dubai is going to host the World Expo 2020, there is a celebration going on in Dubai as this is going to be a huge event and it will affect the economy of the country. This event will last for six months from October 2020 to April 2021.

According to a new report by Federal Authority of Human Resources (FAHR), Five key industries will benefit from Dubai hosting Expo 2020 namely – hospitality, transportation, retail, banking, finance as well as real estate.

Many jobs are estimated to be created around 2018 – 2020 in UAE. According to Standard Chartered estimates that around 300,000 jobs will be created in Dubai by 2020. 25 to 30 million people are expected to visit Dubai during the expo. To handle this situation, Dubai International Airport will increase the number of stands from 144 to 230 (60 percent), and create 675,000sqm more floor space in the terminals. The emirate’s main transport hub is undergoing redevelopment and it is being expanded to accommodate millions of international visitors that will come during the Expo 2020.

Many new hotel projects will be started to accommodate this flock of tourists creating several million jobs in the hospitality sector. ‘Expo 2020 [will] be a meaningful contributor to the sustainability of the housing market,’ a report in 2013, read.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that they will fast-track a US$1.36 billion expansion of the Dubai Metro’s Red Line to connect to the Dubai World Central. There is also a news about an underground railway being built connecting all the pavilions at the expo site.

How will Dubai look in the future- 2020?

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) on Tuesday announced the successful installation of the UAE’s first smart street lights and smart building technologies in collaboration with telecom operator Du. The future is here !

These smart street lights will be provided and programmed by Du and will use motion sensors. They are now active in Dubai and will provide 25 percent visibility until triggered to full power by approaching vehicles and pedestrians. Less energy will be consumed by this and it will also reduce the operational cost. Du has put some network infrastructures, so now some additional sensors can be added to the street lights and they can be used to collect and share information as well. This information can be used to know about weather conditions, CCTV can be added for security purposes and other information regarding the environment would be easily accessible.

Marwan Abdulla Bin Dalmook, Senior Vice-President of Managed Services and Smart City/Smart Government Initiative Lead at Du, says that “this is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, with limitless possibilities now staring us in the face”.

When Bin Dalmook was asked to paint a picture on what Dubai might look like in 2020, he said that there will be complete happiness.

“Everyone from citizens/residents to entrepreneurs to government entities to enterprises will be happy,” he said.

“As an individual, if I have to go from point A to B, I will have full information at my fingertips – what time should I leave, what mode of transport should I take, what route should I take, etc.,” he said, giving an example.

“I believe in 2020, we are going to give people the amount of data they never dreamed of. Smart is efficient and technology adoption rate in the UAE is one of the fastest if not the fastest in the world,” he said.


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  1. Amazing how fast these lands grow Raghu. Like a weed, in many regards. In a good way of course LOL. All the capital being infused grows the work force, which helps expand the country and its infrastructure, etc. I recall being in Doha last year, Folks said the difference from 5 years ago was eye-popping.

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