First country pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai make construction progress

Expo 2020 Dubai’s pavilions for some participant countries have reached above-ground level, a key milestone in construction on the 4.38 square kilometre site in Dubai, organisers said on Monday, Arabian Business reported. 

These buildings are the first structures to reach above-ground level while construction across the site is on track, said Expo 2020 Dubai in a statement.

Some of the pavilions at Expo 2020 will be built by countries themselves while Expo is constructing others to be rented, it added.

Work on the districts began in March after Dubai-based Al Futtaim Carillion was awarded an AED2.2 billion contract.

Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of Real Estate and Delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai said: “The first superstructure – buildings that have reached above-ground level – to emerge in the theme districts marks a key milestone in our journey to Expo 2020. It is an exciting period because these are areas of the Expo site that will be experienced and enjoyed by millions of people from around the world.

“We are making great progress in the construction and marking this milestone already means we are right on schedule.”

Expo 2020’s theme districts will contain a total of 136 pavilions for countries, NGOs and commercial partners, while dozens of other ‘self-built’ country pavilions will be erected outside the theme districts.

The main theme pavilion have been designed by international architecture firms including Bjarke Ingels Group, Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw. Santiago Calatrava has designed the UAE Pavilion, that appears as a falcon in flight.

At least 17 kilometres of logistics roads have been constructed to allow equipment and materials to access the site. Infrastructure work is also well advanced, with three DEWA substations near completion.

All heavy construction at the Expo site will be completed by October 2019, a full year before the Expo opens on October 20, 2020.

Al Khatib added: “The pace of work on the site is accelerating. We already have 17 different projects underway and more will be coming on stream in the next few months, particularly from April 2018, when participant nations begin to take over their plots and start constructing their pavilions.”

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and runs for six months. It is expected that Expo 2020 will be visited 25 million times, with 70 percent of all visitors to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history.

Earlier this year during Cityscape Global in Dubai, Expo officials announced that the Expo site will be controverted into the District 2020 legacy project, upon completion of the event. Read more about the Expo 2020 legacy plans here. 

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