HOK-Arup Consortium to Design Dubai Expo 2020 Host Venue
The 1,082-acre site includes the dedicated, gated 370-acre Dubai Expo 2020 area and an additional surrounding residential, hospitality and logistics zone.
“The two companies, who were involved in creating a blueprint for Dubai’s successful Expo bid, were selected because of their successful involvement with the master plan, their detailed knowledge of the project, and relevant expertise on other mega events internationally,” said a statement from the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee.
“The consortium will help develop the strategic and operational components of the Expo masterplan including sustainability practices, development of building, pavilions, urban design and engineering guidelines, spatial planning, public realm and landscaping, graphics and wayfinding signage and overlay, event operations and facilities management.”
“HOK and our consultants Arup are pleased to re-engage with this landmark project allowing us to continue on the next chapter and help in the development of a master plan that sets new precedents for hosting a global event of this type,” said Daniel Hajjar, managing principal for HOK in the Middle East. ”Dubai Expo 2020 will ensure the site leaves behind an iconic legacy befitting of this truly generation-defining event.”
“The master plan design and execution is driven by a clear vision for its legacy, integrating sustainable urban development with opportunities to foster economic and social development for the emirate, for the country and for our region,” said Helal Almarri, director general, Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing; CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre; and Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Preparatory Committee member.