From the archives: Expo 2020 Dubai development progress

As the 1,000-day countdown to Expo 2020 Dubai's launch begins, revisit the top 10 milestones that have shaped the mega project since 2013

Expo 2020 Dubai will open its doors to the public on 20 October, 2020.
Expo 2020 Dubai will open its doors to the public on 20 October, 2020.

Expo 2020 Dubai is officially 1,000 days away, and construction is progressing as planned for the mega event.

The emirate's – and indeed, the UAE's – construction sector has come a long way since Dubai was named as the official host of World Expo 2020 in November 2013.

When it opens on 20 October, 2020, the event will be the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Located in Dubai South, the Expo 2020 site occupies an area of 4.38km2 – equivalent to Disneyland California. Its initial development began in September 2015.

Expo 2020 is expected to attract 25 million visitors to Dubai – the population of Australia. 70% of these visitors will be international, making this the most global World’s Fair in history.

At peak, the Expo 2020 site will be able to accommodate 300,000 people per day, including event staff.

As the team behind the world's largest expo powers through with its construction programme, check out ConstructionWeekOnline's archives to revisit the top milestone developments in the event's history. 


Designs for the masterplan of Dubai's Expo 2020 site unveiled
December 2013

Dubai's Expo village plans revealed 
January 2014

Site-readiness work for Expo 2020 underway
September 2014

Expo 2020 site link to Dubai Metro plans approved 
April 2015

Parsons wins Dubai Expo 2020 site supervision deal 
August 2015

Winners of Dubai Expo 2020 theme designs revealed
March 2016

Orascom-Besix JV scoops Expo 2020 infra contract 
January 2017

Design of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza revealed 
April 2017

Arabtec scoops $96m contract to build UAE Pavilion for Expo 2020 
July 2017

Officials unveil Expo 2020 Dubai’s District 2020 legacy project 
September 2017

LATEST UPDATE: Expo 2020 Dubai awards $182.4m contracts to Laing O'Rourke 

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