Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has received bids from contractors the estimated AED1.3bn ($353m) contract to build exhibition space at the Expo 2020 site.

Known as the Co-Ex Campus, it has been designed to host events and performances as part of the Expo that starts in October 2020, as well as provide an arrival area for visitors travelling to the Expo on the new Route 2020 metro rail link.

The buildings will have a total built-up area of about 150,000 square metres, which includes about 46,000 sq m of exhibition space and 38,500 sq m for the arrival and general concourses.

The design consultant is Australia’s Woods Bagot. The programme manager for the Expo 2020 site is a joint venture of the US’ CH2M and the UK’s Mace.