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


Bureau Expo Dubai 2020

Services provided

Project and programme management, Cost consultancy, Consultancy


Arts and culture, Offices, Regeneration, Leisure and sport


UAE Dubai, Middle East and North Africa

Project timeline

Start date
November 2014

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 Jacobs, 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