Expo 2020 Dubai irrigation, landscaping projects worth $75m

Official says Dubai Municipality is delivering 863,117 plants, worth more than $6m, for the next World Expo

Expo 2020 Dubai's site spans 4.38km2.
Expo 2020 Dubai's site spans 4.38km2.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s irrigation and landscaping projects are worth more than $75.4m (AED277m) and span 3.57km2, with Dubai Municipality delivering 863,117 plants – worth more than $6.1m (AED22.5m) – for the next World Expo, which will open its doors in less than 430 days on 20 October, 2020, according to executive director of Dubai Municipality’s infrastructure services division, Taleb Abdulkareem Jilfar.

"Dubai Municipality is implementing irrigation and agriculture projects at the event’s location," Jilfar said, adding that Dubai Municipality had drafted strategic plans for Expo 2020 Dubai, including the construction of key infrastructure to accommodate the World Expo’s expected 25 million visitors.

Expo 2020 Dubai will feature plants requiring drip irrigation, including across its Al Fursan Park, which will accommodate 2,500 people, and Jubilee Park, accommodating 15,000 people.

The World Expo’s organisation team will focus on water consumption and water reuse – including through wastewater, air-conditioning water, groundwater discharge management, and seasonal surface water flows – to maximise resource efficiencies during Expo 2020 Dubai.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s chief development and delivery officer, Ahmed Al Khatib, said the megaproject’s 4.38km2 site included 22ha for a nursery that would cultivate 12,157 trees – including palm trees – in addition to more than 256,000 shrubs and thousands of flowering plants and herbs, in cooperation with Dubai Municipality.

He added that plants selected for Expo 2020 Dubai were either indigenous or adaptable to Dubai’s environment, noting that expo would deploy eco-friendly methods in the design and construction stages of the nursery.

Solar-powered lights were installed along the main road, and the nursery’s team exclusively uses organic fertilisers, in addition to recycling the nursery’s waste.

Treated wastewater provided by the Dubai Municipality is used to meet the majority of the nursery’s irrigation needs and clean drinking water is only used for seed development during the first stages of plant development, Al Khatib said, according to UAE state news agency, Wam.  

Separately, a team from the Expo Live, Expo 2020 Dubai’s innovation and partnership programme, is cooperating with Desert Control – a Stavanger, Norway-based company according to its website – to test liquid clay nanoparticles in the expo’s Innovation Park, by mixing the soil in ponds with synthetic mud.

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