The 438-hectare site close to Dubai’s new Al Maktoum airport is in the final stages of site clearance as architects and designers put the finishing touches to a detailed master plan.
This week Dubai’s Expo Preparatory Committee, which is overseeing the construction of the high- profile project, announced it had reappointed a consortium of HOK and Arup architects and urban planners to complete detailed master planning work for the project on a contract which will run until November 2015.
HOK and Arup said that they would work on fine-tuning the original master plan, a key part of the Dubai bid which won the competition to hold the World Expo last year. This would include urban design, landscaping, signage, facilities management, security and transportation on the 150-hectare Dubai Expo 2020 project, which will be surrounded by houses, hotels and warehouses.
Construction on the site, which at its peak will welcome up to 300,000 visitors, is expected to be completed in October 2019, allowing a year for snagging and fine-tuning before the show finally opens on October 20, 2020.