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Thursday 19 October 2017

Dubai Expo team wants its legacy to be a tech hub that is modelled upon Ireland's

TOP OF THE W0RLD: Dubai will host the biggest World Expo yet in 2020, a six-month exhibition of trade and innovation from around the globe
TOP OF THE W0RLD: Dubai will host the biggest World Expo yet in 2020, a six-month exhibition of trade and innovation from around the globe
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

A team from the Dubai World Expo 2020 is working with Irish technology start-up leaders in an attempt to ensure that a positive legacy is left behind by the world's biggest trade fair.

Dubai will host the biggest World Expo yet in 2020. It will be a six-month-long exhibition of trade, innovation and products from around the world, held on an enormous site twice the size of Hong Kong. The theme will be 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'.

The country will spend about $6bn on infrastructure related to the event.

Its organisers are keen to ensure the event has a positive impact for Dubai and the Middle East long afterwards.

The Dubai organisers want the development of a Dubai technology start-up hub modelled on Ireland's to be one of the Expo's legacies.

Ireland has emerged as a European hub for start-ups in some technologies. Five members of the Expo's legacy committee visited Ireland last week to study this.

They visited Dublin City University's Alpha Innovation Campus, a centre of excellence in such areas as wearables, sensortech, energy design, cleantech, health technologies and the Internet of Things.

They also spent time with chief executive Gerry Macken at the Digital Hub. Edel Flynn, chief executive of start-up workspace company Element78, hosted the visit.

"The legacy team are designing a technology cluster for the Post-Expo 2020 site in Dubai that will be centred on three strands - big data, internet of things and augmented reality," said Ms Flynn.

"They see Ireland as being at the cutting edge of Europe, but see how most of our tech firms are serving US-facing markets at the moment."

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