The key words that will drive the Master Plan and the design of the Expo site are Innovation, Sustainability and Legacy. Dubai's ambition is to create a worldwide discussion platform and a true springboard for creativity through innovative pavilions and activities.
The essence of the Master Plan is to facilitate this global dialogue on-ground during the Expo, bringing to life the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future and seamlessly integrating the three sub-themes Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. The spatial organization of the site embodies these concepts, drawing deep inspiration from local urban design, architecture and the natural environment.
At the core of the Expo 2020 Dubai Master Plan for the gated expo area, are three distinct zones, each dedicated to one of the sub-themes. The three zones will converge at the central Al Wasl Plaza, the figurative and literal heart of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Sustainability is also a core facet of the Expo 2020 Dubai Master Plan design. Detailed targets and overarching strategies have been developed to ensure that sustainability is optimized in the design of Dubai Expo 2020 pavilions and related buildings and infrastructure, focusing on demand reduction, use of alternative sources, re-use and recycling across energy, water, waste, materials and supply.
A key ambition of Expo 2020 Dubai is to supply at least 50% of the Expo site's energy needs over its six-month duration with energy from renewable sources. Emphasis will be placed on integrating solar energy technologies into the Master Plan.
The Expo will take place on a 438-hectare site that includes a dedicated gated 200-hectare Expo area, and a surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone on the southwestern edge of the emirate, between the two main city hubs of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It will be easily accessible from both Emirates and located next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport in the heart of Dubai World Central – a vast 'aerotropolis' that embodies the future of aviation urban design.