Expo 2020 Dubai’s pavilions for some participant countries have reached above-ground level, Dubai Media Office reported citing the organisers.
New images show construction work progressing on the pavilions in Expo’s three theme districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Work on the districts began in March after Dubai-based Al Futtaim Carillion was awarded a AED 2.2bn contract.
Ahmed Al Khatib, Vice President of Real Estate and Delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The first superstructure – buildings that have reached above-ground level – to emerge in the theme districts marks a key milestone in our journey to Expo 2020.
“It is an exciting period because these are areas of the Expo site that will be experienced and enjoyed by millions of people from around the world.
“We are making great progress in the construction and marking this milestone already means we are right on schedule.”
The three theme districts will contain a total of 136 pavilions for countries, NGOs and commercial partners, while dozens of other ‘self-built’ country pavilions will be erected outside the theme districts.
Every building in the theme districts will meet LEED Gold standard for sustainability.
The pace of development across the Expo site is accelerating now that the main construction phase is underway.
At least 17 kilometres of logistics roads have been constructed – using recycled concrete – to allow equipment and materials to access the site. Infrastructure work is also well advanced, with three DEWA substations near completion.
Twelve tower cranes are currently operating on site, with a further 10 to be erected in the coming months. Each week, 6,100 cubic metres of concrete is poured on to the site.
All heavy construction at the Expo site will be completed by October 2019, a full year before the Expo opens on 20 October 2020.
Ahmed Al Khatib added: “The pace of work on the site is accelerating. We already have 17 different projects underway and more will be coming on stream in the next few months, particularly from April 2018, when participant nations begin to take over their plots and start constructing their pavilions.”