Legacy Park: Emaar-DWC’s new project near Dubai Expo 2020 site?


The first rendering of Legacy Park, a project being developed by Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer and Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, was displayed at Cityscape Global.

Though DWC officials at the Cityscape pavilion refused to talk, an Emaar spokesperson told Emirates 24|7: “Dubai World Central and Emaar will reveal the details of the joint venture project that was announced in due course.”

In December 2013, the two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding on developing an integrated urban centre and golf destination in a prime location at Dubai World Central, the home to Expo 2020 and the Al Maktoum International Airport.

It is not certain whether the master development or a phase of the mega development, the first infrastructure development projects near the Expo 2020 site, is being called Legacy Park.

The project is being developed in line with the theme of the Expo – “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and its three subthemes – “Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity.”

“In the coming future, Dubai World Central will witness several new projects to build an integrated city. Dubai is now focused on building world-class infrastructure to ensure that we deliver the promise of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to host the best Expo the world has witnessed,” Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority had said.

The master development is spread over an area of 13.63 million square metres with the first phase of the project to include a golf-course villa community, several hotels, a high-end shopping mall, leisure attractions, and a business hub that promotes youth entrepreneurship.

The joint statement had said the masterplan for the joint venture project is currently being finalised.

Dubai will host the Expo 2020 from October 2020 until April 2021, which will bring over 25 million visitors to the emirate.

Last month, Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State, managing director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee and director-general of the Dubai Expo 2020 Office said the design and master planning for Dubai Expo 2020’s host venue, Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali - a 438-hectare site that includes the dedicated gated 150-hectare Dubai Expo 2020 area and an additional residential, hospitality and logistics zone, is progressing well.

A consortium made up of HOK, the US-based lead architects and urban planners, and Arup, infrastructure experts and engineering partners, will undertake the design and master planning work.

(Read: Master plan for Dubai Expo 2020 on track)