Expo 2020 Dubai

Connecting minds, creating the future

For the first time in World Expos’ 168-year history, the mega-event will be held in the Middle East.

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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

More than a century-and-a-half of World Expos have showcased life-changing inventions and cultural treasures. The first World Expo, 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 more than 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, five years ago, would have been unimaginable.

Expo 2020 will be a showcase of human brilliance and achievement. 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 was appointed in 2014 to help deliver the real estate for the event and is helping transform the Expo site in Dubai South. The programme of works, which consists of more than 33 individual projects, will provide this area of the city with a sustainable and lasting legacy and transform it into a destination capable of hosting 300,000 visitors a day, providing a truly inspiring and entertaining Expo experience.

“Jacobs Mace has proven to be a solid partner, playing an essential role in ensuring that construction is on track. Delivering an event of such enormous scale takes a collaborative effort and is only achievable by sharing knowledge and making continuous improvements side by side with our partners.”

Project stats

192 countries
300,000 visitors a day

points of note

The world represented

192 countries; 173 days of food, music, tech, culture, creativity. 60-plus events daily. 200-plus F&B outlets, including an array of world-class chefs, in one location. 360-degree projections on the 67.5-metre-tall Al Wasl dome.

Inventions and collaborations from around the world

Approximately 70 per cent of visitors are expected from outside the UAE, and Country Pavilions are grouped by theme (Opportunity, Mobility or Sustainability), not by geography – encouraging collaboration and mutual learning.

A feat of programme and project management

We have been responsible for managing the design and construction of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, and overseeing everything logistics and infrastructure to project management of the Thematic Districts, Public Realm and Al Wasl Plaza centrepiece, while monitoring the planned construction of the 82 self-build pavilions for international participants and partners.

An official provider

Becoming an Official Provider marks the next stage in a successful collaboration that has driven the transformation of the Expo site, including the recently-announced completion of the Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability Districts.