Dubai awards Expo pavilion design contract

13 March 2016

The group won a global competition launched in July last year by one of the Expo’s leading developers, the local Emaar properties

Dubai has appointed the UK’s Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects and Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to design three of the Expo 2020 pavilions.

Forster + Partners will design the ‘mobility’ pavilion while Grimshaw Architects and BIG will design the ‘sustainability’ and ‘opportunity’ pavilion respectively.

The companies won a global competition launched in July last year by one of the Expo’s leading developers, the local Emaar Properties.

Announcing the appointment of the group Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum, the chairman of the Expo Higher Committee and Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline, said “the pavilions and their iconic architecture are central to World Expos, and the three pavilions will be centerpieces that showcase the latest ideas, innovations and developments whilst providing the visitors with an immersive and memorable experience”.

In late 2015 the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau appointed US consultant Aecom to provide planning services for the Expo 2020 site.

The appointment followed the award of another consultancy contract to US-based Parsons International in August for the infrastructure design and supervision at the Expo site. Some preparatory work on the Expo site has already started. This includes site fencing and earthworks.

The Expo site is one of Dubai’s most high-profile projects at the moment and includes a 1.68-square-kilometre ticketed area.

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Sum of Net Project Value ($m)Industry      
Country NameConstructionTransportGasIndustrialPowerWaterGrand Total
UAE1287707 76 142084
Kuwait10 2930   2940
Qatar151     151
Egypt1401156  2502501796
Saudi Arabia1515 1040 110 2665
Oman45   150 195
Bahrain    3 3
Iran 3000    3000
Grand Total3148486339707651326412834
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