Time Out has information and pictures on the new $91m Dubai RTA Expo 2020 building approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Managing the flow of movement of an estimated 20 million annual tourists is no easy task, lest we forget that we’re living in a city with one of the fasting growing populations on Planet Earth (authorities estimate Dubaians will number 5 million by 2030, double the current figure).
On top of that, the world’s eyes will be on The City of Gold when it hosts Expo 2020 in four years, making the need for a transport control hub that works like a finely-tuned grandfather clock even greater.
That may not mean that the building has to be grand on the outside - but this is Dubai! - a city with an insatiable appetite for architectural beauty and innovation.
In comes the AED335 million ($91 million) Green Enterprise Command and Control Centre, which as you can see from the renderings, has enough wow factor to stand side by side with iconic transport hubs of the likes of New York’s Grand Central and London’s St Pancras.
Dubbed EC3, in line with Dubai’s love of acronyms (JLT, JVC, DIFC…) but with a number that grants it a scientific twist, the building has just been approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Occupying a total floor area of 10,900 square meters, the structure will encompass office spaces, an auditorium, a press centre and four utility buildings.
Apart from being the first of its kind in the Middle East for the way in which it will integrate all major public transport means under one umbrella, its super stylish design is set to make it yet another Dubai landmark for tourists and locals to feast their eyes on.
According to reports, Sheikh Mohammed has urged directives to speed up construction for EC3 to be ready for Expo 2020 and to use the latest “smart” technologies to ensure the system can adapt to technological advancements in the coming years.
With that in mind, who knows what could be in store?
There was a lot of excitement worldwide with the recent announcement of China’s futuristic “straddling bus”, a huge people carrier that glides over vehicles on the road, therefore avoiding traffic jams.
Maybe Dubai will be the centre of the next breakthrough in futuristic transport? We firmly believe so!