Finnish firm picked to keep people on the move at Dubai Expo 2020

KONE says it will equip the Thematic Districts and Al Wasl Plaza at Expo site with a total of 151 elevators and 16 escalators
Finnish firm picked to keep people on the move at Dubai Expo 2020
Finland-based KONE said it will equip the Thematic Districts and Al Wasl Plaza.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 21 Dec 2018 10:55 AM

KONE Corporation has been selected to equip the World Expo taking place in Dubai in the UAE in 2020 with its people flow solutions.

Finland-based KONE said it will equip the Thematic Districts and Al Wasl Plaza with a total of 151 elevators, 6 dumbwaiters, 6 platform elevators, one elevator for people with limited mobility, and 16 escalators.

The KONE E-Link facility management tool will enable the performance of all the equipment to be monitored from a single location, the company said.

"We are delighted to contribute to smooth people flow at Expo 2020 Dubai, which promises to be a stimulating showcase of the latest technologies and innovations from around the globe. I am particularly excited that this will be the first World Expo hosted in the Middle East," said Pierre Liautaud, KONE executive vice president for South Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The Expo 2020 Dubai grounds are designed in the shape of a flower, with Al Wasl Plaza the main square and central visitor hub that connects three, petal-shaped Thematic Districts, each dedicated to one of the Expo's sub themes: mobility, sustainability and opportunity.

The 4.38 sq km Expo 2020 Dubai site will live on as a new smart city area to be called District 2020. Plans for the Thematic districts include 6 pavilion buildings designed for commercial, residential and retail use.

Bureau Expo Dubai 2020 is the developer of the project, and the main contractor for the Thematic Districts is Al Futtaim Carillion. Contractors for the buildings in Al Wasl Plaza are Al Futtaim Carillion and Laing O'Rourke Middle East. 

Expo 2020 Dubai is scheduled to run between October 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021 and anticipated to attract 25 million visitors.

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