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Construction on Expo 2020 is on schedule, with completion of the site’s three Thematic Districts achieved and more than 100 million on-site working hours recorded.

Max Tuttle

The largest built-up area of Dubai’s Expo 2020 site is now complete. The three petal-shaped Thematic Districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – have also already been landscaped, with water and shading features, and are ready to be fitted-out.

Built by the UAE’s Al Futtaim Construction, the three districts include 86 lowrise buildings that will house dozens of Expo 2020 country pavilions, together with food and beverage outlets, retail outlets, performance spaces and leisure areas. Each district will be anchored by its own Thematic Pavilion and connected to the central Al Wasl Plaza, itself set to become one of Dubai’s major iconic structures.

Designed by Hopkins and Partners, the Thematic Districts are intended to evoke old Dubai, with façades resembling traditional Emirati wind towers, and walkways lined with flora indigenous to the UAE. In addition to an enormous basement that will be used for event logistics and post-event parking, each district incorporates smart shading, solar cells and moisture-capturing mechanisms – part of the commitment that all Expo-built structures will meet LEED’s global benchmark for sustainable architecture.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The completion of the Thematic Districts is a significant milestone in our journey towards delivering an exceptional Expo, inclu


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