The pace of development never seems to slow down in the UAE, with several exciting new developments taking place in 2016/2017, and in the run up to 2020, when Dubai will host the Expo 2020.

The Expo 2020 will be a festival of human ingenuity, providing visitors with the chance to see spectacular architecture, merge with global cultures, examine thoughtful and thought provoking exhibitions, and taste food from every corner of the globe. Above all, visitors to the event will witness the very latest in thinking and technology all in one place and at one time.

In preparation for the 2020 expo, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the launch of its Route 2020 project, which covers the extension of the Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site.

The Dubai route 2020 project has been awarded by to a consortium of Turkish, French and Spanish firms at the cost of 10.6 Billion AED. The route 2020 plans to provide 46 000 riders per hour going both directions. This route will cover Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Fujan, Jumeirah Gold Estate and the Dubai Investment Park as well as the Dubai 2020 grounds, allowing visitors as well as 270 000 residents and office workers easy transport in Dubai. This will enhance the existing metro lines and increase their popularity.

The Dubai Future Foundation will have a new home in the world’s first 3D Printed Office Building. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the innovative project on the Emirates Towers premises on 24th May 2016. The Dubai Future Foundation centers around the development and research of future technologies and its capabilities of it being integrated into our daily lives. The office is a stepping stone in promoting sustainable economic cities in line with Dubai’s s development for Expo 2020.

With Abu Dhabi concentrating more on the development of Cultural attractions, the first of the Crown jewels of the new Saadiyat Islands Cultural District, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to open in late 2016. It will be twenty-four thousand square meters and will showcase artwork from various countries with particular focus placed on Eastern and Western art.

The first 2000 seater performing arts theater open its doors in Dubai’s Opera District and new Cultural Hub in the emerging Downtown area. Internationally renowned performances such as Mozart’s Gala, Coppelia and Les Miserable’s are but a few to be expected.

Other projects scheduled for 2016 include: the Dubai Frame Project allowing panoramic views of old Dubai and the skyline of new Dubai from each side, this will be situated down at Zabeel Park; and the New Water Canal, a 3 kilometer canal with apartments, townhouses, villas, office space, a retail and a sports centre and public park.

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