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Dubai Expo site infrastructure works to be completed by Oct 2019

Second package for infrastructure works on the 4.38 sq km Dubai Expo 2020 site is set to be tendered

Dubai Expo site infrastructure works to be completed by Oct 2019

A second package for infrastructure works on the 4.38 sq km Dubai Expo 2020 site in the Dubai South district is set to be tendered first as part of a AED1.3 billion project to prepare the event venue.

Early works on the Dubai Expo 2020 site began in September 2015 and to date, more than 4.7 million cubic metres of earth has been moved ahead of the main construction phase - enough sand to fill about 1,800 Olympic swimming pools, a statement said.

The first infrastructure package, which is one of four packages, is due to commence shortly and will be completed by April 2018, the statement added.

It involves early works to support the development of the Expo Village where participants will reside during the period of the Expo. Other elements include systems for sewage, water, electricity and telecom cabling.

The second package will go to tender shortly and will include the deep infrastructure for the gated area of the site. The third and final infrastructure package will include the surface road network.

The construction update statement said the design phase for aspects including the public realm, specialist site-wide elements, and the three thematic districts is well underway.

Ongoing planning and procurement of the construction and site-wide logistics continues to ensure the site will be ready for participants to begin work on their respective pavilions beginning in April 2018.

All infrastructure work will be completed by October 2019, it added.

Between October 2020 and April 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to welcome more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors.

Expo 2020 is scheduled to be hosted by Dubai in an area next to Jebel Ali. Spanning 438,000 square metres, Dubai Expo 2020 will be 10 percent larger in size than Milan Expo 2015.

UAE officials are expecting the event to create 277,000 jobs, most of which will be in the tourism industry.

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