Dubai's Expo 2020 site 'progressing well'

Masterplan being created by a consortium made up of HOK and Arup

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The next stage in the master-planning of Dubai’s Expo 2020 host venue is progressing well.

The work is being undertaken by a consortium made up of HOK and Arup.

"Expos have been home to some of the world's most landmark structures, from the Crystal Palace in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Dubai is committed to building on this tradition and making the entire site an experiential environment that fully embodies the essence of our theme 'connecting minds, creating the future'," said Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State, managing director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Office.

The HOK -Arup consortium will support the Dubai Expo 2020 in the developing strategic and operational components of the masterplan, including sustainability practices; development of building, pavilions, urban design and engineering guidelines; spatial planning; public realm and landscaping; graphics and way-finding signage; as well as overlay, event operations and facilities management.

They will also assist in transportation and pedestrian modelling; capacity assessment for utilities, infrastructure, security, logistics and environmental design practices as well as detailed integration of the site into the wider Dubai infrastructure.

"HOK and our consultants Arup are pleased to re-engage with this landmark project allowing us to continue on the next chapter and help in the development of a master plan that sets new precedents for hosting a global event of this type. Dubai Expo 2020 will ensure the site leaves behind an iconic legacy befitting of this truly generation defining event," said Daniel Hajjar, senior vice president, HOK.

The contract tenure for the master planners will run until the completion of all requirements for the mandatory registration phase, due to be approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo, by November 2015.

Site readiness activity is currently underway on the Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali site with full-fledged construction beginning after BIE approval is received.

At its peak, the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali is designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors, with average week-day attendance expected at 153,000.

Running from October 2020 through to April 2021, the Expo will launch the country's Golden Jubilee celebration and serve as a springboard from which to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades. 

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