From the time it was declared that Dubai was going to host the Expo 2020, a lot has started to change around the city. There are new projects coming up at every nook and corner of the Emirate and each has a unique experience to offer. Dubai already holds the image of breaking world records and doing everything grand — from the tallest building to some of the biggest malls. With such a reputation, it becomes all the more challenging for the metropolitan to please tourists. But Dubai never ceases to surprise us all. It has many mind-blowing plans for Expo 2020 and works on most of them are already underway. Dubai expects to welcome over 20 million tourists by the end of this big event. The city has something in store for people from all walks of life. Here’s what the travellers and residents can look forward to in the future:
This is not one, but three combined projects of theme parks, which will include Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai and Boolywood Dubai. While Legoland is aimed at entertaining children between 2 to 12 years of age, Bollywood theme park is for all the Bollywood die-hards. They are going to build Taj Mahal and there will be exiting rides such as Sholay’s rollercoaster. A 60,000sq feet stage will be set up for daily performances.
Dubai Safari Park is going to be a blend of Dubai’s favourite travel activity, i.e. the desert safari along with a collection of rare species of animals in their habitat, expanding over 119 hectares of area. The animals will be transported from all over the world for this grand theme park. Located in Al Warqa, opposite Dragon Mart, the Safari Park is going to cost Dhs150 million in the making. It is an eco-friendly initiative with solar powers, water recycling facilities and waste disposal services. Unconfirmed reports say that the animals have already started to arrive.
When they first started building the frame, all residents were confused and curious as to what the two pillars were. Everybody took a shot with their guesses. While some thought it was a bunjee jumping spot, others took them to be a pair of unique towers. However, just recently it has been revealed that the structure was built for tourists to have a panoramic view of the old and new Dubai. The frame is expected to be ready by mid 2018. It is situated near the Mamzar Lake. Stretching across 9,000,000sq feet, Dhs 160 million have been invested into building this project.
Similar to, but not quite the same as in Venice, a Water Canal will flow from Business Bay through Safa Park and Jumeirah. For the purpose of building this canal, parts of the oldest road in Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Road, had to be reconstructed and rebuilt, as the canal will pass under it. By the canal side, stretching 80, 000sq meters, plans have been drawn for cycle paths, shopping centres, about 450 restaurants and 4 hotels.
After the world’s tallest building and one of the largest malls, Dubai is all set to build the largest ferris wheel in the world. It was previously going to be named Dubai Eye, however, the name was later changed to Ain Dubai. ‘Ain’ is the eighteenth Arabic alphabet and it also means ‘eye’ in Arabic. It is going to be a part of Bluwater Islands and will be situated near the Jumeirah Beach Residence. With 48 capsules and a capacity to hold 1,400 riders, this 210 meters high wheel is going to give the tourists an unimaginable view of the New Dubai skyline and of the Burj Al Arab.
Located right in front of the Emirates towers, Museum of the Future has a unique concept of displaying futuristic gadgets. Some of these electronic instruments have already been placed in the Emirates Towers for the visitors to get an idea of what’s in store at the Museum. The structure is of a spherical shape in the form of a silver loop. It will also have a sculpture of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with his signature hand gesture of the victory sign. The project is estimated to cost up to Dhs 500 million.
Doesn’t the name say it all? No, its not another Disneyland. It is going to have the Aladdin theme. These are going to be three towers connected by bridges, in the midst of water bodies, which are going to be commercial spaces. It is going to stretch over 450 meters and the bridges will be air-conditioned.
This project is going to be twice as big the size of Down Town Dubai. It is going to have 39,000 residential and 3,664 thousand offices units. Being a part of Old Dubai and built along Dubai Creek, this harbour is going to change the face of Dubai as it use to be.
There aren’t very many theatres in the Emirate. But the dramatics and musical scene is on the rise. Dancers, singers, actors and comedians are flocking to the city to earn a pocket full of fame. With the rise in demand for theatres and to cater to all sorts of artistic interests, Dubai is building a grand opera house that will stage famous and local musicals and plays. This opera house will then be a venue to many upcoming concerts and other events.
After catering to gadget freaks, Bollywood die-hard, artists and adventurers, how can Dubai leave behind the stargazers and astronomers? the Al Thuraya Astronomy Centre is going to be just the place for celestial lovers. Dhs 40 million is being invested into this observatory, which is going to be located in Mushrif Park, Mirdif. This centre will also hold lectures for university and school students. It is a one step forward towards promoting the love for space and inspiring the youth to take up careers in astronomy.