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Construction progress announced for Dubai Expo 2020 Theme Pavilions

Construction on the three Theme Districts is advancing with foundation works complete and building structure continuing to rise, Expo 2020 said in a recent update.

Construction Week Online reported that all major design elements have been completed, with Al Wasl Plaza- designed by Burj Khalifa architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the last to be designed. The structure comprises a 150-metre wide, 67.5-metre tall domed space.

Development on the three theme districts, led by Al Futtaim Carillion, is progressing with external cladding work to be completed by the end of this year.

The Theme Pavilions are designed by international architecture firms Bjarke Ingels Goup, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw. 

Construction works on the Sustainability Pavilion, which was unveiled in January 2017 and designed by Grimshaw Architects, is underway and due to be completed by October 2019.


Post 2020, plans for how the expo’s site will be reused following the conclusion of the world’s fair were revealed in September 2017.

Located in Dubai South, the District 2020 legacy megaproject will feature 135,000m2 of commercial space, 65,000m2 of residential space, 45,900m2 of parkland, and 10km of cycling tracks.

District 2020 will include 65,000 square metres of residential space and 135,000 square metres of commercial space of educational, cultural, and entertainment facilities, as well as a conference and exhibition centre.

Two of the Expo’s Official Premier Partners, Accenture and Siemens, have already committed to the legacy of Expo 2020, signing on District 2020.

Siemens will move its global logistics headquarters to the Expo site and Accenture will open a Digital Hub in District 2020.

The Sustainability Pavilion will become a children and science centre as part of the legacy project.

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