A consortium of HOK-Arup has been selected to design the Dubai Expo 2020 host venue at 438 acre Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali.
The dedicated, gated 150ha Dubai Expo 2020 area will be surrounded by a residential, hospitality and logistics zone, and will be able to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors.
Dubai department of tourism and commerce marketing director general, Dubai World Trade Centre CEO and Dubai Expo 2020 higher preparatory committee member Helal Almarri said: "The master plan design and execution is driven by a clear vision for its legacy, integrating sustainable urban development with opportunities to foster economic and social development for the emirate, for the country and for our region."
The HOK-Arup consortium will be responsible for the development of buildings, pavilions, urban designs and engineering guidelines, spatial planning, public realm and landscaping, graphics and way-finding signage, overlay, event operations and facilities management.
In addition, it will provide assistance in transportation and pedestrian modelling and capacity assessment for utilities, infrastructure, security, logistics and environmental design practices.
The site is currently being readied with full construction expected to begin after approval from the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), the governing body of the World Expo.
HOK senior vice-president Daniel Hajjar said: "HOK and our consultants, Arup, are pleased to re-engage with this landmark project allowing us to continue on the next chapter and help in the development of a master plan that sets new precedents for hosting a global event of this type.
"Dubai Expo 2020 will ensure the site leaves behind an iconic legacy befitting of this truly generation-defining event."
Image: Night view of the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 venue in Dubai. Photo: courtesy of HOK.