Dubai Expo 2020

Expo 2020 detailed designs nearly complete

Expo 2020’s detailed designs are almost complete, a senior official said last week.

With several tenders being issued in recent weeks ahead of what will be a very busy construction phase, more than 4.7 million cubic metres of sand has already been shifted on the Expo plot, according to a report by The National.

Najeeb Al Ali, the executive director of Dubai’s Expo 2020 Bureau said during the Inter Business Council Infrastructure Forum: “It’s a big project and we don’t have that many days, or years, left. Time passes quickly.”

“The master plan is already set. The construction is going to start this year and is going to intensify in 2018, and finalise towards the end of 2019.”

Many of the Expo 2020 project staff have already moved to offices on the site, he added.

Last week, Expo 2020 announced that it will reveal more details about the site as well as the vision for its sustainability pavilion at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), held between 16-19 January.

Sustainability pavilion by Grimshaw Architects for Expo 2020.

Other details, including plans for the wider 4.38 sqkm site in Dubai South, will be revealed this week.

The construction of the sustainability pavilion, designed by UK-based Grimshaw Architects and New York design company, Thinc, and other installations are on course to be completed at least one year before Expo 2020, which opens to the public on 20 October, 2020.

British engineering company BuroHappold will engineer the structure.