Dubai and Matera could not be more apart: the first was born in the desert of the Arab Gulf peninsula about 200 years ago and started its expansion only in 1971 after the UAE constitution; the latter was born in the 10th century BC and it is considered one of the most ancient cities in the world.

Despite their differences, both are looking for new urban planning solutions and are going to meet in Expo 2020 on October 30th to discuss about this topic.

Two events have recently given Matera an international exposure: the award as European Capital of Culture in 2019 and the selection as one of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) partners earlier this year.

New European Bauhaus (NEB)

NEB is a EU initiative born in 2021 aiming at transforming urban centers in accessible, inclusive and sustainable areas. The European Union appreciated the effort of Matera in recovering the many unused places in the city, as for example the theatre where today lots of shows take place.

Dubai is working exactly on the same issues concerning the future of its urban planning development.

The Emirate originally was a small village in the middle of the desert; thanks to H.H. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’ s vision, it became an international metropolis in only fifty years.

Nowadays both cities need to look into their urban planning in order to optimize the spaces dedicated to residential use, without compromising on the standards of living.

District 2020 project

Dubai has launched District 2020 project, a new urban development where Expo is currently taking place. The District will re-develop about 80% of the total Expo area, which will turn into one of the most sustainable and high-tech district in the world.

We are looking forward to seeing how the two cities will be working towards this common goal.