Expo 2020 Dubai's building progress was reviewed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, a day after the 47th UAE National Day celebrations.
HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied on the tour of Expo 2020 Dubai's site by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. They were joined by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, president of the Department of Civil Aviation, and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
They were briefed on the progress of the expo – the first in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia in the 167-year history of the world fair – as it nears its busiest building period in H1 2019 when more than 40,000 workers are expected on site.
HH Sheikh Mohammed's visit took place in one of the expo's anchor buildings overlooking Al Wasl Plaza, the centrepiece of the megaproject that will connect all three of the expo's Thematic Districts, Mobility, Opportunity, and Sustainability.
He was informed that all construction work is on schedule to be completed in good time before the event begins, and major construction is expected to be finished by October 2019. HH Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the project by HE Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.
During the visit, the Dubai leaders were also briefed on plans for District 2020. More than 80% of the buildings and infrastructure built for Expo 2020 Dubai will be retained for the legacy phase of the project, which is scheduled to open in 2021.
Top companies such as Siemens and Accenture plan to open offices in District 2020, a project at the heart of wider development plans for Dubai South, which will be linked by the Route 2020 Metro extension and connected by major UAE motorways.
News of significant progress on the project came after the number of countries confirmed to participate at Expo 2020 Dubai reached 190, Dubai Media Office reported.