As the Emirate prepares for the Expo 2020, recent plans have been revealed for the central hub and new metro station
3 April 2017| Last updated on 3 April 2017
Dubbed as a 'festival of human ingenuity', Dubai's Expo aims to showcase and explore the endless possibilities that arise when new ideas and people connect.
Since the announcement that Dubai will be home to Expo 2020 back in 2013, the Emirate has been preparing new projects, buildings, master plans and transport facilities that will serve the large number of visitors that will flock to the region for it.
So far we've seen the Dubai Water Canal completed, as well as other projects currently underway such as Bluewaters Island, the Dubai Frame, Dubai Parks & Resorts as well as Al Habtoor City, with many more to come.
While these projects named are across the Emirate, at the Expo 2020 site itself - located between Dubai Investment Parks and Al Maktoum International Airport - there's some amazing plans in place.
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Two of these projects have recently been revealed, and show both the Expo 2020 hub design as well as Dubai's biggest Dubai Metro station ever.
The Expo 2020 hub design
Designed to reduce heat, the translucent 360-degree projection dome will naturally cool the main plaza and will provide ample room for up to 10,000 people at the Dubai Expo 2020 venue. As the central hub for the Expo 2020 site, the translucent 360-degree dome will harness passive cooling, as well as giving enough space for display videos.
Designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, it will be built to LEED Platinum sustainability standards, and will make use of passive cooling to ease discomfort during Dubai's warmer temperatures.
The project has been called Al Wasl Plaza, which in Arabic means 'connection', and will be the central hub that links the Expo 2020's three thematic hubs, covering mobility, sustainability and opportunity.
Expo Metro's station
Of course, in true Dubai fashion, the new, under-construction Expo Metro station will be Dubai's biggest metro station we've seen... And will be able to handle up to 46,000 passengers per hour!
Image credit: WAM
Named Route 2020, it will be a 14.5km extension of the existing Dubai Metro, that will ilnk the Red Line with the Expo 2020 site that lies near Al Maktoum International Airport.
To accomodate the upgrade, Dubai Metro will have 50 new trains, and 15 of those will serve Route 2020, with the remaining serving the Red and Green lines that act as a central transportation system for residents across the Emirate.