PICTURES: Expo 2020 Dubai’s progress from Feb 2017 to Oct 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Expo 2020 Dubai reveals site progress over the years as one-year countdown begins to the next World Expo

An aerial shot of the Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability District.
Expo 2020 Dubai
An aerial shot of the Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability District.

Expo 2020 Dubai has released exclusive images to Construction Week showing the progress on its construction site from February 2017 to October 2019 as it enters the one-year countdown till the next World Expo opens its doors to the public on 20 October 2020.

The event will be the first of its kind in the Middle East and is expected to generate $33bn (AED121m) for the UAE’s economy.

Expo 2020 Dubai's site in February 2017.

Work began on the Expo 2020 Dubai site in 2016 and major construction development on the site has been completed, with milestones including the crowning of Al Wasl Plaza's dome in September 2019.

After the crowning of the Al Wasl Plaza dome in September 2019.

The dome will be used by more than 250 Christie laser projectors to create displays on the inside, outside, and topside of the plaza’s 150m-wide projection surface.


Expo 2020 Dubai site in August 2018.

More than 190 countries will participate in the six-month event, with more than 80 nations having confirmed plans to build their respective pavilions.

Other firms involved with other major structures of the expo site include Foster + Partners, Cox Architecture, and Grimshaw Architects, designing its Thematic pavilions – Mobility, Opportunity, and Sustainability respectively – as well as the Santiago Calatrava-designed UAE Pavilion.

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