Dubai is the host city for Expo 2020, which will run for six months; from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. Over AED 25 billion investment is expected to be spent on infrastructure-related projects for the event.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council has approved the five-years' plan for RTA which includes a bundle of projects to support Expo 2020. The projects include:
'Masar 2020' project reflects RTA's master plan for providing multiple options of integrated mass transit means comprising the metro, tram, buses and water transport towards realising RTA's vision of a safe and smooth transport for all.
Masar 2020 starts off at Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station and extends 15 km (11 km elevated and 4 km underground) and includes 7 stations (5 elevated and 2 underground stations).
The project aims to serve average-to-high population density areas such as The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and Dubai Investment Park which together house about 240,000 people.
Constructing new road intersections
New roads and intersections would be constructed to ease traffic in and around the Expo site. This includes the Dubai-Al Ain interchange connecting the Al Yalayis road, Jebel Ali-Lehbab road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed road and the University City road. In addition, there will be several intersections and roads surrounding Expo area and building parking spaces for 44,000 vehicles adjacent to Al Rashidiya and Dubai International Airport intersection.
Latest technologies in smart mobility such as cable car and self-driven smart cars would be employed. Cycling routes and lanes would be introduced. Other landmark projects include the AED 10-billion Al Mamzar beachfront project, Bluewaters Island, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Water Canal and Dubai theme parks amongst others.