Construction of Kuwait Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai "on-track"

Published: 19 February 2020 - 3:30 a.m.

Construction work on Kuwait’s desert and water tower-inspired pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is “on-track”, according to general manager of Cityneon, Roger Wehbeh, with construction work on the golden structure having begun on 11 September 2019.

Speaking to Construction Week, Wehbeh said: “We are running the project A to Z, including the design, the operation, running the event, and dismantling.”

The design of the pavilion was revealed on 4 February 2020. With the theme, “New Opportunities for Sustainability”, the pavilion will showcase Kuwait’s rich past and the sustainable future objectives, as well as economic diversity that will promote business innovation.

Commenting on the design of the pavilion, Wehbeh said: “The building has been designed in a modular way, so it can easily be dismantled and the materials can be recycled.”

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New Opportunities for Sustainability is the theme of the pavilion.

He said that the steel has been used for to build the pavilion ensure easy dismantling process, which according to him is “better than demolishing” the structure following the completion of Expo 2020 Dubai that runs from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.

When asked whether the pavilion will be dismantled after the Expo, Wehbeh said: “A discussion is still on-going on whether the pavilion will be dismantled or will it be kept. In case, if it is going to be dismantled, we will need three to four months to complete the process.”

According to Wehbeh, almost 90% of the materials used for the pavilion is being sourced from the UAE.

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The design of the pavilion was revealed on 4 February 2020.

He said: “Construction wise, we are on-track, we have already started on the site. More or less the steel work is done. We are making progress and will be meeting the schedule.”

Construction work on the pavilion will be completed a month before the World Expo opens to the world, Wehbeh added.

On an average 65 to 100 workers have been deployed on the site, who are working in two shifts — day and night — to complete work on the pavilion, Wehbeh told Construction Week.

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