The start of the trial operation of the "site" in preparation for the launch of the exhibition activities on the first of October

225 million man-hours completed in Expo 2020 Dubai

  • The countries participating in the event are working on building or completing their wings.


  • Mohammed Al-Ansari: "More than 200 entities participating in (Expo Dubai), including countries, multilateral organizations, educational institutions and companies.


The office of "Expo 2020 Dubai" announced that more than 225 million working hours have been completed at the site of the upcoming exhibition, which will start its activities on the first of October 2021, and will last for six months, indicating the start of trial operation of the site, while continuing experiments and tests to ensure readiness The site was fully completed before the opening.

The office stated to "Emirates Today" that, in cooperation with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, an integrated plan was developed that included developing the road network and intersections leading to the event site, as well as implementing the "Route 2020" project to extend the stations of the Dubai Metro Red Line to reach the exhibition and the residential areas surrounding it.

Construction completion

In detail, Mohammed Al-Ansari, Vice President of Communication in the Office of Expo 2020 Dubai, said that the work of establishing the three theme areas of the exhibition (Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability) was completed in May 2019, while all permanent construction of Expo was completed by the end of 2019. Al Wasl Square was inaugurated in January 2020, which will be the focal point for celebrations in the period of the international event between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Al-Ansari added that in February 2020, the carbon fiber Expo entry gates were unveiled, to form interlocking structures inspired by the mashrabiya with a height of 21 meters, noting that with the entry of 2021, the work team focused on coordinating the landscapes at the exhibition site The upcoming and equipping of buildings owned by the international event.

work hours

Al-Ansari explained that so far more than 225 million hours of work have been completed at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, as the countries participating in the event are working to build or complete their pavilions, while companies operating in the UAE play a major role in the construction work, including Al-Futtaim Carillion, "Khansaheb", "Basics", "TriStar Engineering", and "Al Naboodah Construction".


He stated that “Expo 2020 Dubai” opened the Sustainability Pavilion this January, to give the world a glimpse of what can be expected in the international event when it begins next October, pointing out that in addition to the Sustainability Pavilion, a pavilion (mobility and opportunities) will also be opened during the coming period.

He mentioned that more than 200 participants, including countries, multilateral organizations, educational institutions and companies, will gather to celebrate the exhibition, in addition to millions of visitors.

Al-Ansari stressed that the "Dubai Expo" will provide all participating countries with a platform to showcase their best culture, innovations and progress, indicating that the exhibition will move away from traditional geographical groupings and bring together countries that face similar challenges within the framework of its three sub-themes, namely: (Opportunities, mobility and sustainability. ).


Al-Ansari added that dozens of participating countries have already revealed the designs of their wings, and the topics they will address, along with the visitors' experience that they will present, indicating that all the pavilions are characterized by innovation, education and inspiration, including the Saudi pavilion, which looks like a huge window that opens from the ground and rises to the sky and symbolizes The Kingdom's bright future, while highlighting the Kingdom's rich heritage and its openness to the business and tourism sectors.

He explained that the UK pavilion, which is inspired by a project by the late scientist Stephen Hawking, will present a collective message stemming from contributions from around the world, as well as the pioneering British expertise in sectors including artificial intelligence, machine learning and space, while the Brazil pavilion will display a model simulating the Amazon basin within a country. The Emirates, which will evoke the scenery of the regions overlooking the river, its breeze and its spirit, and will be in the form of a luminous cube at night floating on the surface of the water.

The road network

Al-Ansari said that, in cooperation with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, an integrated plan has been developed to meet the requirements of hosting the "Expo 2020 Dubai", in order to ensure safe and easy transportation for visitors to the event and its activities.

He indicated that the plan included the development of the road network and intersections leading to the Expo 2020 Dubai site, as well as the implementation of the “Route 2020” project to extend the stations of the Dubai Metro Red Line to reach the event site and the surrounding residential areas, pointing out that “Dubai Roads” announced the opening of Four stations within the "Route 2020", which is 15 kilometers long, including 11.8 kilometers above ground level and 3.2 kilometers underground. The track also includes seven stations, including an interchange with the red line, an icon in the Expo 2020 site, three overhead and two stations Two tunnels.

Al-Ansari added that this project comes within a comprehensive plan to provide collective transport systems that include metro and tram lines and others for buses and maritime transport, and to achieve integration between various transportation systems, pointing out that the Road Authority opened a series of roads and intersections in the area leading to the Expo along 17 kilometers, at a total cost of one billion and 300 million dirhams, in addition to building bridges of five kilometers.

Trial operation

Al-Ansari said that the team at "Expo 2020 Dubai" has been experimenting with the site for some time, stressing that the site will continue to conduct experiments and tests during the coming period, to ensure that the site is fully prepared before the international event opens its doors to receive the world.

He pointed out that "Expo 2020 Dubai" provided the public and visitors from the UAE with an opportunity to be among the first to get acquainted with the "Terra" sustainability pavilion, in a first show that will continue until April 10, indicating that the first show of the pavilions represents an opportunity with specific dates for visitors to cast The first look at the three themes pavilions, and discover what will happen when Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors.

Al-Ansari explained that Terra began receiving visitors on January 22nd, while the transport pavilions, "Alef" and "important opportunities," are expected to welcome visitors during the first quarter of 2021, pointing out that tickets for the first show of the Expo 2020 pavilions are booked. , It started on January 15th at a price of 25 dirhams for a one-day ticket, as the trial will be limited to five days a week only for specific hours due to the health and safety measures in place.

Small business contracts

Mohammed Al-Ansari, Vice President of Communication at the Expo 2020 Dubai office, said that Expo 2020 Dubai will contribute to achieving the UAE Vision 2021, by supporting tourism and creating innovative projects, as the exhibition pays special attention to small and medium-sized companies, realizing that they have A major role in achieving growth and creating job opportunities in the UAE, pointing out that "Expo" is committed to allocating 20% ​​of direct and indirect expenditures to small and medium companies.

He explained that by the end of October 2020, the number of contracts awarded by the Expo Dubai to small and medium-sized companies amounted to nearly 5.12 billion dirhams, while the number of institutions registered to work with the exhibition exceeded 46 thousand institutions from more than 180 countries, indicating that small and medium-sized companies represent about 54 % Of all companies registered with Expo 2020, and 55% of Expo 2020 contracts.

Al-Ansari added that thousands of licensed products, produced by small and medium-sized enterprises and Emirati companies, will be put up for sale through the Expo 2020 Dubai trade and licensing program, pointing out that all licensed products are currently available.

• An integrated plan to develop the road network and intersections leading to the exhibition site.

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