Dubai Expo 2020 construction works well underway
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum welcomed members of the governing body, the Bureau of International Expositions to the emirate, to the Expo site
Dubai is 'on track' with its plans to deliver Expo 2020 with work on the event's main site well underway, according to a senior official.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: We are on track to deliver an exceptional Expo that will truly connect people around the world, where they can come and experience ideas and innovations that will define the next fifty years.
"We are delighted to share the progress we are making with representatives from the Burea of International Expositions (BIE)."
Sheikh Ahmed made the comments during the BIE's technical visit to the emirate as part of a regular programme of meetings to update the governing body on developments in the lead up to the mega event.
The BIE delegation visited the site, where construction works have been underway since last September.
Over 3,900,000 m3 of earth have been moved and reused to level the site, in preparation for initial infrastructure construction later this year, according to a statement as cited by Arabian Business.
Vincente Loscertales, secretary general of the BIE, said: "The breadth of vision and scale of ambition Dubai diplayed was crucial to winning the right to host this event.
"It's wonderful to have been able to stand on the ground, with the organisers, and see things taking shape."
During the visit, BIE representatives were brifed on the masterplan, theme pavilion designs, local engagement and international outreach plans.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of Expo 2020 Dubai, concluded: "This is the first BIE technical visit since Dubai formally became host city for Expo 2020 and it marks another milestone on our Expo journey.
"Our progress is accelerating. Next month we will be hosting delegates from the many nations that we hope will participate in Expo 2020 and we will begin building infrastructure later this year."