Dubai-based Al Futtaim Carillion has been appointed as the main contractor for the development of three theme districts at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The AED2.2bn contract is the first of a total AED11bn worth of construction contracts that Expo 2020 Dubai plans to award in 2017.
Expo’s three theme districts will be named 'Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability', after its three sub-themes. The design is intended to reflect traditional Dubai architecture, and the Expo is scheduled to open on 20 October 2020.
The theme districts will feature 136 pavilions to be based around the participating countries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and commercial partners upon becoming fully operational.
The theme districts and the buildings will have a combined floor area of 222,000m2.
Expo 2020 Dubaireal estate vice president Ahmed Al Khatib said: “We commenced the construction of the infrastructure last year and are right on track with our plans. With the theme districts construction award, we are starting the main phase of buildings and construction.
“All the excavation works for the theme districts' basements have been completed, and we are ready for the appointed contractor to begin construction.”
Al Futtaim Carillion secured the contract after a competitive procurement process.
Public spaces in the theme districts will host innovative shades and climate control solutions, which along with the passive design of the buildings will create a comfortable experience for visitors.
Al Futtaim Carillion managing director Edmund Mahabir said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is a landmark project for the UAE as the first World Expo to be held in the Arab world and Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
“Al Futtaim Carillion has been operating as a Dubai-based joint venture since 1972. We are very proud to be able to play a role in the construction of the site for Expo 2020 Dubai, a venue that will play an important role in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the UAE.
"We’re now mobilising and are excited to be starting work before the end of March.”