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Work on Dubai’s Expo 2020 country pavilions planned for April

Work on Expo 2020 Dubai country pavilions has been planned to start in April this year, Construction Week Online reported.

As many as 180 countries are taking part in the Expo, which will run for six months from 20 October to 10 April, 2021.

According to national news agency WAM, the mega event will draw over 25 million visitors, with daily numbers as high as 150,000 people.

The first theme pavilions have already reached above-ground level within the Expo’s three theme districts including Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability by BIG, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw.

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“The pace of the work on the site is accelerating. We already have 17 different projects underway and more will be coming on stream in the next months, particularly from April 2018, when participating nations begin to take over their plots and start constructing their pavilions,” said Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of Real Estate  and Delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The future use of the Expo site and its sustainability plans is an important part of its design and construction, said Najeeb Al Ali, the executive director of the Expo 2020 Dubai Office.

Following the Expo, the site will be transformed into a sustainable project and business-friendly environment, entitled the District 2020 legacy project.  According to the event’s organizers, Dubai’s District 2020 could be delivered six to nine months after the Expo. 

80% of the Expo’s internal infrastructure will be put to use after the event to host various initiatives and projects, including a free zone, commercial centres and a residential complex.

A detailed study was being conducted to help determine how to use the site, Al Ali has been reported stating.

He added that Expo 2020 Dubai aims to support national energy consumption plans, to ensure that 50% of the country’s total energy consumption is made up of renewable energy.

The foundations of the falcon-inspired UAE pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava at Expo 2020 Dubai were laid down in December, last year.