Dubai Expo 2020 site to be ready by October 2019

Updated 28 April 2014
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Dubai Expo 2020 site to be ready by October 2019

The major construction activities on the Expo 2020 site will be completed by October 2019, allowing for a full year of readiness testing across networks, systems and technologies.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, CEO of Dubai World Trade Center and member of Expo Preparatory Committee, says that the site readiness activity will begin on the Dubai Trade Center-Jebel Ali site early next year.
In the latest report on preparations for the event that submitted to Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) in Paris, the governing body of the World Expo, Almarri also explained the plans to extend the Red Line of Dubai Metro and to launch a zero-emission.
A comprehensive visitor management study has been undertaken around the Dubai Expo 2020 hosting, including city wide traffic and movement flow analysis.
In the report, Almarri said the preparatory committee will submit the mandatory registration dossier for the event in 2015.
The dossier is an in-depth report on the theme, communications program and the detailed master plan of the mega event.
The 438-hectare site that includes a dedicated 150-hectare Expo area, and a surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone, will play host to the 25 million visitors expected at Dubai Expo 2020, running from 20th October 2020 — 10th April 2021.
Expo Village — a residential community development providing full-time housing facilities for staff from participating countries working on the Expo will target completion by 2018 following which pavilion construction activities will start.
In the next six years, more than 275,000 jobs are estimated to be created across the region to service the Expo, according to the report.
Preliminary estimates indicate that the Economic Impact generated by the Expo between now and 2021 will be approximately 17.7 billion Euros.
“One of our strongest assets during the bid was a robust and well progressed Master Plan with a clear existing legacy, which Dubai World Trade Center, as developer of the Expo 2020 site, has continued to evolve and drive forward rigorously to ensure that we are on track to delivering a truly exceptional World Expo in 2020,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee.
Catering for close to 250 participants, Dubai Expo 2020 will be pushing forward a ‘one country-one pavilion’ policy for the first time in Expo history.
At its peak, the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site at Dubai Trade Center-Jebel Ali is designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors, with average week-day attendance expected at 153,000.
According to the report, the Dubai Expo 2020 is designed to be easily accessible, from transport to and from the site as well as whilst at the venue, for all people, regardless of age or physical ability.
The center of the Expo, Al Wasl Plaza, will be within 15 minutes’ walk from any part of the site and an autonomous ‘people mover’ system is planned to assist visitor movement around the site.


Bahrain to use Huawei in 5G rollout despite US warnings

Updated 26 March 2019
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Bahrain to use Huawei in 5G rollout despite US warnings

  • Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology
  • ‘We have no concern at this stage as long as this technology is meeting our standards’

DUBAI: Bahrain plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying.
Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology, saying Huawei could be used by Beijing to spy on the West. China and Huawei have strongly rejected the allegations.
VIVA Bahrain, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian state-controlled telecoms firm STC, last month signed an agreement to use Huawei products in its 5G network, one of several Gulf telecoms companies working with the Chinese company.
“We have no concern at this stage as long as this technology is meeting our standards,” Bahrain’s Telecommunications Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed told Reuters on Tuesday when asked about US concerns over Huawei technology.
A senior State Department official said the US routinely urges allies and partners to consider the risks posed by vendors subject to extrajudicial or unchecked compulsion by foreign states.
The US Fifth Fleet uses its base in Bahrain, a Western-allied island state off the Saudi coast, to patrol several important shipping lanes, including near Iran.
Bahrain expects to be one of the first countries to make 5G available nationwide, Mohammed said, although he cautioned it would depend on handset and equipment availability.
Early movers like the United States, China, Japan and South Korea are just starting to roll out their 5G networks, but other regions, such as Europe, are still years away and the first 5G phones are only likely to be released in the second half of this year.
Bahrain’s state-controlled operator Batelco is working with Sweden’s Ericsson on its 5G network, while the country’s third telecoms group Zain Bahrain is yet to announce a technology provider.
No foreign company is restricted by the government from providing equipment for Bahrain’s 5G network, Mohammed said, adding mobile operators choose who they work with.
Australia and New Zealand have stopped operators using Huawei equipment in their networks but the European Union is expected to ignore US calls to ban the Chinese company, instead urging countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks.
Mohammed said the rollout of the 5G network was an “important milestone” for Bahrain, which is hoping investments in technology will help spur its economy, which was hit hard by a recent drop in oil prices.
“It is something we are proud to have,” he said.