Dubai to hand out $3bn of Expo 2020 work in 2017

Dubai is this year set to award 47 construction contracts worth a total of $3bn in preparation for its hosting of Expo 2020.

The contracts are open to local, regional and international businesses, including the third and final infrastructure package for the support areas.

Other key awards include construction of the three "thematic districts" that will host most of the pavilions, as well as the public areas and the design and delivery of all the temporary architecture and infrastructure required to stage the event.

The Expo 2020 Dubai eSourcing Portal includes details of upcoming tender opportunities.

Reem Al Hashimy, managing director for the Expo, said: "We are committed to working with leading businesses from across the world in order to deliver an exceptional event of this scale, on time and on budget.  

"This is particularly true when it comes to the development of the physical site, which will live on long beyond 2021 to become an anchor for the UAE’s developing knowledge economy in Dubai south."

In 2016, a joint venture between Egyptian contractor Orascom and Belgium’s Besix won a contract to develop the deep infrastructure at the Expo site.

Once complete, the site will cover 4.4 square kilometres and is expected to host up to 300,000 people a day between October 2020 and April 2021.

Organisers say they are "on track to complete the majority of construction a full year ahead of the event opening".

Images courtesy of Dubai Expo 2020

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