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Construction progress recorded on Expo 2020 Dubai projects

Pavilions that are under-construction for select participant nations have reached above-ground level, the VP of real estate and delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai confirmed

Above-ground construction progress has been recorded at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai [image: Dubai Media Office].
Above-ground construction progress has been recorded at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai [image: Dubai Media Office].

Construction progress has been reported on the projects being developed for Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Pavilions that are under-construction for select participant nations have reached above-ground level, marking a key milestone in development works on the 4.38km2 site. 

READ: Value of Expo 2020 Dubai projects hits $33bn

Some pavilions of Expo 2020 will be built by participants, while the event's organisers are constructing some pavilions to offer on rent. 

Three districts, named Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability, are being developed at the Expo 2020 site. 

Work on the districts began in March 2017, after a $599m (AED2.2bn) construction contract was awarded to Dubai contractor, Al-Futtaim Carillion. 

READ: Contracting lessons will Al-Futtaim Carillion

Expo 2020's themed districts will comprise 136 pavilions for participating nations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and commercial partners. 

Pavilions built by countries will be erected outside the themed districts. 

Each building within the themed districts is planned to meet LEED Gold standards, the event's organisers reported

Basements developed as part of new buildings will be turned into an underground rail and road network to support logistics for pavilions, shops, and restaurants, without disrupting the visitor experience. 

Commenting on these developments, Ahmed Al Khatib, the vice president (VP) 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.

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

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