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A closer look at the Expo 2020 site’s $8bn budget

by CW Staff on Nov 19, 2016

A report compiled by BNC Network, and commissioned by The Big 5, estimates that the budget for the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South will be more than $8bn.
A report compiled by BNC Network, and commissioned by The Big 5, estimates that the budget for the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South will be more than $8bn.

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The budget for Dubai’s Expo 2020 site is estimated to be between $8.1bn (AED29.75bn) and $8.7bn (AED31.96bn), according to a report commissioned by The Big 5. This figure is significantly higher than the $7bn (AED25.71bn) budget that was originally forecasted.

With the Middle East’s largest-ever event just four years away, Najeeb Al-Ali, executive director of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, will use The Big 5 2016 as a platform to answer attendees’ questions.

Topics to be covered by Al-Ali, who will deliver his presentation on 22 November, will include what to expect from the world’s fair, how it will benefit the construction industry, and the ideas behind the event’s theme: ‘Connecting minds, creating the future’.

Located near to the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South, Al Maktoum International Airport will represent the primary transport hub for Expo 2020 visitors and exhibitors.

Josine Heijmans, The Big 5’s event director, said: “The airport is part of the secondary infrastructure that will support the Expo 2020 Dubai. This project is not entirely dependent on hosting the event, but responds to the rise in expected numbers of travellers to Dubai.”

GV2-Veda France to show fire products

GV2–Veda France will showcase a full range of joints for the building industry during The Big 5 2016. Its range of passive fire protection products, including ropes, mattresses, blankets, filler boards, and foam, adhere to European Norms (EN), Underwriters Laboratories USA (UL), and British Standard (BS). These certifications have been granted by renowned official and independent laboratories like Efectis, CSTB, and Exova.

French architecture firm to debut at Big 5

French firm, Architecture du Bois – Terrasses Grad, will make its debut at The Big 5 in Dubai this year. The company will unveil its latest decking products, which are easy to use and extremely reliable, at the Business France pavilion. The architecture firm has been manufacturing and installing wood-frame roofs and houses since 1988, initially under the Architecture du Bois brand and, since 2012, under the Grad moniker.

ProTenders to launch latest tool at The Big 5 will use The Big 5 2016 to launch its Construction Product Catalogue. The tool will augment the firm’s existing e-tendering platform, which has managed $20m worth of bids and processed 900 tenders since its inception.

The Construction Product Catalogue will make it easier for suppliers to be traced and contacted, and for consultants to find products that match their requirements. It will also enable suppliers to list product specs, data sheets, brochures, and images.

Karim Helal, co-founder and CEO of ProTenders, said: “ProTenders is now a complete online B2B construction platform that enables all types of construction companies to increase [brand visibility,] generate leads, and streamline their tendering processes, using our unique, secure cloud-based platform.”

Outlining the tool’s benefits, Helal added: “No more laborious hunts on search engines, no more browsing through hundreds of paper profiles. Simply list, find, specify, sell.”

RWI plans $2m plant expansion

Rubber World Industries (RWI) has announced plans to invest $2m (AED7.35m) into the expansion of its production facility in Ajman, UAE. The firm, which is the official regional manufacturer of Gulf-O-Flex, will display its complete range of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) products at The Big 5 2016. The company recorded more than $11.4m (AED42m) in sales revenues in 2016.

Fila Surface Care to unveil Hydrorep Eco

Fila Surface Care Solutions will launch Hydrorep Eco at The Big 5 2016. The environmentally friendly natural-effect, water-repellent product can be applied to indoor and outdoor surfaces, including stone, concrete, terracotta, fair-faced brick, quarry tiles, plaster, and masonry paint, according to its creators. Hydrorep Eco protects against deterioration caused by damp.

Onyx Solar to display PV glass products

Onyx Solar will use The Big 5 2016 to showcase its photovoltaic (PV) glass for green building applications. With the appearance of conventional glazing, PV glass allows natural light transmission, but also filters ultra-violet (UV) and infrared radiation, and generates electricity from solar energy. Onyx Solar described its PV glass as “the best glazing you could use nowadays”.