The finalization of the detailed designs for Dubai’s Expo 2020 is reaching its final stages. According to a senior official, it is expected to be the busiest phase of the construction.
More than 4.7 million cubic meters of sand had been shifted on the plot and a large number of project staffs for Expo 2020 have moved to the site offices according Najeeb Al Ali, the executive director of Dubai’s Expo 2020 Bureau. “It’s a big project and we don’t have that many days or years left. Time passes quickly,” said Mr. Al Ali at the Inter Business Council Infrastructure Forum held together by 6 overseas business councils. He added, "The master plan is already set. The construction is going to start this year and is going to intensify in 2018, and finalize towards the end of 2019." In recent weeks, various aspects of Dubai’s Expo 2020 were issued some tenders including the design of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava which is the construction of the UAE Pavilion of over 15,000 square meter. By the second quarter of 2018, those who has expressed interests to build their own pavilions should be already signed up as announced by Mr. Al Ali. "We always urge those countries who will be building their pavilion ‘to get involved’ as early as possible because we know from our experience with other countries that it takes time. Even if your pavilion is just one pavilion it is always wise to come early." The general manager of engineering consultancy Metropolitana Milanese, Roberto Nassi expressed that having the participating countries on site as early as possible was key strategy, when he spoke on a panel debate for the same event. He said that in accommodating countries that signed up late, the host country can still get involvement in the last-minute rushes provided that it has carried all of its preparations on time. “The UAE entered when it said it would, but the Netherlands signed a contract four months before the event starts,” he said as an example of the Expo 2015. Adding, "And you have to manage it. Because you want to be as inclusive as the previous one." Nassi also said that the capital infrastructure by the host country will get over one-third of the total expenditure on Expo projects, while another third goes to the construction of pavilions by the participating countries. All the remainder will go on the operational costs during the hosting period of over six months.