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Construction of Dubai Expo theme districts will start end of March

Construction work of Dubai Expo 2020’s three main themed districts will start by the end of March following the award of a $600 million contract to Al Futtaim Carillion.

The main contractor for the site of the mega event said it is now mobilising and will be “starting work before the end of March”.

Expo’s three Theme Districts will be named Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability after its three sub-themes with pavilions designed by Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Foster + Partners and Grimshaw.

Themed pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020 by BIG, Foster + Partners and Grimshaw.

The architects behind the Hyperloop which is said to shorten commute time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 12 minutes, BIG’s Opportunity pavilion is a flat-roofed structure with elements of landscape design and an oasis set at the centre of the pavilion which appears to combine indoor and outdoor spaces.

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UK-giant Foster + Partners, who have a number of projects in the region including the new Creative Community in the Dubai Design District, will be designing the Mobility pavilion which is set to be a trio of space-like structures that thicken as they rise taller, providing shade.

The roof features a wrap-around viewing deck offering 360 degrees views of the surrounding expo site. The firm has also recently unveiled a new luxury hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Finally, the Sustainability pavilion by Grimshaw is set to become a long term technology cluster. Grimshaw will be designing the pavilion with help from Eden Project and NASA.

When Expo 2020 Dubai opens on October 20, 2020, the Theme Districts will be home to 136 pavilions for many of the participating countries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and commercial partners. In total, the Theme Districts and the buildings within them will have a floor area of 222,000 square metres.

“It’s a big moment in the life of this event. The Theme Districts will be a major part of the site, explored and enjoyed by many thousands of people daily during the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president – Real Estate at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Public spaces in the Theme Districts will host innovative shades and climate control solutions, which together with the passive design of the buildings, will create a comfortable and enjoyable visitor experience.

The architect behind the new supertall for Dubai Creek, Santiago Calatrava will be designing the main National Pavilion for the Expo, shaped like an eagle in flight. The architect also won Best Concept Design of the Year at the 2016 Middle East Architect Awards.