Construction of Expo 2020 Dubai's Phase 2 is on track for completion before year-end, according to the mega-project’s vice president of real estate and delivery.
"Phase 1 infrastructure has reached completion, and we are now in testing and commissioning,” Ahmed Al Khatib, Expo 2020's vice president for real estate and delivery, told the audience at Construction Week Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2018, which is currently under way in Dubai.
"It is really happening right now – Expo 2020 Dubai is no longer just an idea or a promise. It is a reality."
Phase 2 construction is under way and due for completion before the end of 2018, he told the audience, noting that project’s metro station is too “starting to take shape” with the viaduct already completed as well.
"Steel production is ongoing at a very fast pace for Al Wasl Plaza,” he explained, with some steelparts for the iconic structure also being erected on site.
The Middle East arm of Cimolai Rimond, an Abu Dhabi-based joint venture between Italian firms Cimolai, a structural steelmaker and contractor and construction contractor Rimond, was awarded the contract to build Al Wasl’s steel structure in November 2017.
Al Khatib also touched on the Expo 2020’s sustainability efforts as the mega-project approaches Phase 2 completion.
"Our simple design goal for our sustainability pavilion is to set a global standard for sustainable design,” he said, noting also Expo 2020’s “ambitious targets for sustainability”.
"We also have sustainable material guidelines [for] Expo 2020 projects – these were provided to all contractors and consultants. This ensures our sustainability commitments are achieved."
The project is also 25% below the DEWA [Dubai Water and Electricity Authority] baseline for water consumed in buildings, according to comments made in his speech.
"We are using rubberised asphalt concrete for the paving [and construction] of all our car parks. Temporary roads for Expo are made from cut-up tiles sourced from Dubai Municipality,” he added.