Expo 2020 Dubai

Connecting minds, creating the future

For the first time in its 160-year history, the World Fair will be held in the Middle East in 2020.

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Expo 2020 Dubai Project summary

Client

Bureau Expo Dubai 2020

Services provided

Project and programme management, Cost consultancy, Consultancy

Sectors

Arts and culture, Offices, Regeneration, Leisure and sport

Locations

UAE Dubai, Middle East and North Africa

Project timeline

Start date
November 2014
Status
Live
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Project story

A century and a half of World Fairs have seen events that housed life-changing inventions and cultural treasures. The first World Fair, held in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, showed what a world that embraced science and technology could look like. Expo 2020 Dubai continues this history with a promise to hold an inclusive and global event with over 200 participants from around the world.

From unlocking development opportunities for the next generation, to reimagining how people move and connect, to finding sustainable solutions around energy and water. Today new innovations are being created, that only five years ago would have been unimaginable.

Dubai’s Expo will be a festival of human ingenuity. The engines of growth are no longer steam-powered. Instead, collaboration and partnership have taken its place, becoming the driving force behind new developments. The event will showcase and explore what is possible when new ideas and people connect.

In a joint venture with CH2M, Mace has been appointed to deliver the real estate for the event and is helping transform a 480 hectare site in Dubai South district. The programme, which consists of over 50 individual projects, will provide this area of the city with a sustainable legacy and transform it into a destination capable of hosting more than 250,000 visitors a day, providing a truly inspiring and entertaining Expo experience.

Project stats

200+ participants
25m visitors over the six month event
90% of materials will be reused or repurposed

“Working on Expo 2020 has given me a great opportunity to work with first class consultants and contractors. With an immovable completion date, it is a fast paced professional environment.”

“The Expo 2020 programme comes with challenges, it was never going to be easy, not least with the fixed end date. Delivering on time is non-negotiable. But the professionalism of the Mace people we have here and their commitment and passion for delivery is contagious and that provides the confidence that our client is looking for. But in providing an event with the style and spectacular flair expected of a world event, our team never forget that creating a local legacy is equally important.”