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Progress for Dubai's Expo 2020 venue masterplan

Progress for Dubai's Expo 2020 venue masterplan

"Dubai is committed making the entire site an experiential environment."

Dubai Expo 2020’s host venue – Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali – is progressing well, senior officials said on Wednesday

The 438-hectare site, which includes a residential, hospitality and logistics zone along with the dedicated Dubai Expo 2020 area is making headway according to an official statement. After the successful bid phase, HOK and Arup continue to work as a consortium for the masterplans. The plans will need to be submitted for the mandatory registration phase and approved by the governing body of the World Expo – the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) – come November this year. 

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The UAE Minister of State, managing director of the Dubai Expo 2020 and director general of the Dubai Expo 2020 office, Reem Al Hashimy said in a statement: "Expos have been home to some of the world's most landmark structures, from the Crystal Palace in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Dubai is committed to building on this tradition and making the entire site an experiential environment." 

The HOK-Arup consortium is currently supporting the Dubai Expo 2020 in developing plans including sustainability practices, development of building, pavilions, urban design and engineering guidelines, spatial planning, public realm and landscaping, graphics and way-finding signage. 

"The master plan design and execution is driven by a clear vision for its legacy, integrating sustainable urban development with opportunities to foster economic and social development for the emirate, for the country and for our region," commented Helal Almarri, director general, Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing; CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee member. 

The senior vice president of HOK, Daniel Hajjar, added: "HOK and our consultants Arup are pleased to re-engage with this landmark project allowing us to continue on the next chapter and help in the development of a master plan that sets new precedents for hosting a global event of this type. Dubai Expo 2020 will ensure the site leaves behind an iconic legacy befitting of this truly generation defining event."

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The Dubai Expo 2020 will run from October 2020 through to April 2021 and will welcome up to 300,000 visitors, with an average weekday attendance expected at 153,000. The Expo will launch the UAE's Golden Jubilee celebration and aims to be used as a platform to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the future of the country and its people.

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