Dubai Expo 2020 master plan is on course

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The next stage design and master planning for Dubai Expo 2020’s host venue, Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali – a 438-hectare site that comprises the dedicated gated 150-hectare Dubai Expo 2020 area and an added nearby residential, hospitality and logistics zone, is developing well.

Dubai Expo 2020 master plan is on course

Dubai Expo 2020 master plan is on course

The work is being commenced with Dubai Expo 2020 by an association made up of HOK and Arup which maintain their organization with the project from the winning bid phase.

Expos have been home to some of the world’s most landmark constructions, from the Crystal Palace in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Dubai is committed to building on this practice and creating the complete location an empirical surrounding that entirely exemplifies the real meaning of the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

The team of lead architects and urban planners, HOK, with infrastructure experts and engineering partners, Arup, were selected because of their successful involvement with the master plan during the bid phase and their detailed knowledge of the project, as well as relevant expertise on other mega events internationally.

The HOK-Arup consortium will support Dubai Expo 2020 in the progress of tactical and equipped mechanism of the Expo master-plan including sustainability practices, improvement of building, urban design, pavilions and engineering guidelines, spatial planning, public realm and landscaping, graphics and way-finding signage, including overlay, event operations and amenities management.

Moreover, they will assist in transportation and pedestrian modelling, capacity assessment for utilities, infrastructure, security, logistics and environmental design practices as well as detailed integration of the site into the wider Dubai infrastructure.

The contract term for the master planners will happen until the conclusion of all necessities for the compulsory Registration Phase, due to be approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo, by November 2015.

Site readiness activity is now in progress on the Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali site with fully-fledged construction start after BIE consent is acknowledged.

At its crest, the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali is intended to accommodate up to 300,000 guests, with an average week-day attendance estimated to be 153,000.

Running from period of October 2020 to April 2021, the Expo will commence the nation’s Golden Jubilee celebrations and serve as a launch pad from which to establish a progressive and sustainable vision for the upcoming decades.

Mohamed Dekkak