Etisalat to power Expo 2020 ’s 5G smart site

Say goodbye to buffering, as you step onto a 5G-enabled smart site at the massive global fair next October.



The state-of-the-art technology is around 20 times faster than the current 4G, so you won’t miss a thing when documenting your visit to Expo 2020 Dubai.

It all kicks off on October 20, 2020, and the Expo 2020 Dubai site is promised to be one of the “fastest, smartest and best connected places in the world” as Expo is teaming up with Etisalat to deliver on-site wi-fi to up to 300,000 people a day.

“Communications that took six weeks in 1851, when the first Expo took place, now take six microseconds,” says Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General Bureau Expo Dubai 2020.

Ours is a hyper-connected age, and Etisalat plays a critical role in linking people and their technology so that they can connect and share, innovate and create. With its international reach, and expertise, Etisalat is well placed to support us in making Expo 2020 Dubai one of the best connected places on Earth.”

There will be a lot of dedicated transport heading to the site 4.38 sq km site, and a metro station is be-ing built that can handle 44,000 passengers per hour.

With an influx of international visitors expected, Dubai International Airport is also working to upgrade its runways, while new hotels are springing up near the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

Since Expo 2020 Dubai was revealed in November 2013, it’s had a huge impact on the city – and that’s only going to grow as we get closer to the date.

Officials say that it’s going to create a staggering 111,000 new jobs and the real estate market will rocket. That’s not to mention the huge urban District 2020 that will have a long-lasting legacy for centuries after the event is over. Even the city’s infrastructure is taking part, with Jebel Ali Lehbab Road renamed as Expo Road in honour of the event.

From the 25 million visitors that are expect 70 percent of these are expected to travel from outside the UAE, which will be the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos.

But although Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors per day on average, its smart site will use artificial intelligence, cutting-edge crowd-flow management systems, smart ticketing and more to ensure everything runs seamlessly.

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