Success at the Expo 2020 ‘will boost construction on The World’

Success at the Expo 2020 ‘will boost construction on The World’

If the UAE is successful with its bid for the World Expo 2020, this will encourage construction work on The World islands.


  • Being granted the World Expo 2020 will help the UAE with new developments
  • This includes man-made The World islands
  • The World will comprise 263 islands when finished

Continued development on The World islands in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be given an extra boost if the country manages to land the World Expo.

This is the opinion of Brendan Jack, Head of Sustainability and Environment at master developer Nakheel, who told 7DAYS: “If Dubai wins the Expo 2020, you may find that becomes a catalyst for developments on The World, and things may speed up.”

British businessman Safi Qurashi, who is based in Dubai, was also reported by the news provider as saying the Expo “would literally change Dubai forever”, as it would encourage action to happen at a faster rate.

Mr Jack added that The World project was always intended to last between 15 and 20 years, as opposed to three to five like other development projects in Dubai.

When complete, there will be 263 islands in The World, including Greenland, Lebanon and Little Britain.

The UAE has put in its bid to host the World Expo 2020, which could see Dubai attract millions of visitors if the city is announced as the chosen location for this event.

If the World Expo takes place in the UAE, it will enable Dubai to become a hugely important location in the business community, with people coming to the city from all over the world to talk about the global economy, development and improving the quality of life for people in the world. This will also drive a lot of finances into the area, and provide urgency to development projects, much like The World islands.

Italy will host the next World Expo, with the event taking place in 2015 in Milan.

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