Expo 2020 plans under review

Published September 17th, 2014 - 04:55 GMT
 These meetings form part of the mandatory updates required to be provided to the BIE as Dubai prepares for the submission of all requirements to seek formal approval at the next critical registration phase in November 2015.
These meetings form part of the mandatory updates required to be provided to the BIE as Dubai prepares for the submission of all requirements to seek formal approval at the next critical registration phase in November 2015.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates airline and Chief Executive of the Emirates Group, chaired the meeting, which was held in the presence of Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Vice-Chairman of the Committee and Director-General of the Dubai Ruler’s Court, and other Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee members. Construction works at the 438-hectare Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali host venue will begin after November 2015 following the approval by the Bureau of International Expositions, or BIE, the governing body of the World Expo.

Site readiness activity is currently underway at the site.

Last month, a consortium made up of HOK, the US-based lead architects and urban planners, and Arup, infrastructure experts and engineering partners, was given the design and master planning work.

The expansive Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali complex features a centrepiece Dubai Expo 2020 gated facility spread across 150 hectares and a surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone. The exhibition site is designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors at peak time, with average week-day attendance expected at 153,000.

At the meeting, Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, UAE Minister of State, Managing Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee and Director-General of the Dubai Expo 2020 Office, presented a detailed update on the setup and operations of the Dubai Expo 2020 Office to the committee.

Higher Committee Member Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and chief executive officer of the Dubai World Trade Centre, presented progress on the master-planning and development of the site for the Dubai Expo 2020.

The Higher Committee then discussed matters pertaining to relevant work-steams and upcoming milestones including the Executive Committee meeting in October followed by the general assembly in November 2014, both of which will be held in Paris. These meetings form part of the mandatory updates required to be provided to the BIE as Dubai prepares for the submission of all requirements to seek formal approval at the next critical registration phase in November 2015.


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