Welcome to this special edition of Business Line, coming to you from a brand new area in the emirate that’s currently under construction in the desert of the UAE. World Expo 2020 will open its doors a year from now, marking the very first event of its kind to take place in the middle east. Organisers hope it’ll attract close to twelve million foreign visitors – and it’s expected to add over €30 billion to the UAE’s economy. Some 190 countries will participate in the six-month-long event, with over 80 nations already chosen to build their own pavilions. Major construction work has already been completed and the project recently reached a significant milestone. The Dome In mid-September, about 800 construction experts gathered for a mission unlike any other: the crowning of the dome. It will be the very epicentre of Expo 2020. It measures 130-metres-wide and is over 67 metres tall. Ahmed Al-Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer for Expo 2020 said, “We had the best team from all over the world, from engineers from contractors from specialists, to do this entire process. We have achieved something that really puts a new iconic landmark in Dubai.” Design concept The idea… Read full this story
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