Construction of Expo 2020 thematic districts complete

The districts are built by the UAE’s Al-Futtaim Construction and are already landscaped with water and shading features.
Updated 23 May 2019
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Construction of Expo 2020 thematic districts complete

Construction of Expo 2020 Dubai’s petal-shaped thematic districts is now complete. This marks a significant milestone on the road to welcoming the world to the UAE for 173 days of fun, creativity and inspiration.

More than 100 million working hours have now gone into developing the site, including the completion of all shell and core works for the Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability districts. Final building completion certificates have been received from Dubai Municipality, with all expo-led construction on track to be completed in the year before gates open. 

Built by the UAE’s Al-Futtaim Construction and already landscaped with water and shading features, the districts form the largest built-up area of the site and include 86 low-rise buildings that will house dozens of country pavilions, food and beverage outlets, retail, performance spaces and leisure areas.

Each district will be anchored by its own thematic pavilion and connected to the central Al-Wasl Plaza, set to be the next iconic structure of Dubai. 

Reem Al-Hashimy, minister of state for international cooperation and director-general, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The completion of the thematic districts is a significant milestone in our journey toward delivering an exceptional expo, including world-class design, as part of the UAE leadership’s vision to always achieve the highest standards and to show the world the spirit and creativity of our nation.”

Ahmed Al-Khatib, chief development and delivery officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “This is the year of delivery, and the completion of the three thematic districts is a major construction landmark to be celebrated as we prepare to welcome the world in less than 520 days. It’s exciting to see the site evolve every day, and despite the pace of progress, we remain committed to quality and worker welfare.”


OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

Updated 17 September 2019

OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company, has joined the group of international companies transporting cargo and delivering maritime shipping services to and from King Abdullah Port. This comes with the company’s official launch of operations in the port located in King Abdullah Economic City and the subsequent arrival of containers to the berths.

The move aims at enhancing the trade movement of imports and exports in the Kingdom.

“The addition of OOCL to the list of leading international shipping companies operating in King Abdullah Port is a testament to the trust of key players in the maritime shipping industry, as the port enjoys a strategic location on one of the most important international maritime shipping lanes as well as integrated infrastructure and logistics services,” a press release said.

The port is located near the Industrial Valley, the Bonded and Re-export Zone, and major Saudi cities such as Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, which together constitute the main commercial center in the Kingdom. King Abdullah Port also enjoys close proximity to Madinat Yanbu’ Al-Sina’iyah, which is witnessing a massive trade movement in the field of petrochemicals, and it is linked to a road network that facilitates the process of transporting goods by land to and from ships to Riyadh, Dammam, and other cities in the Arabian Gulf.

Officially inaugurated last February by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner, a global specialist in data analysis of maritime transport, port capabilities, and the future development of vessels and global maritime routes. The port’s throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. It has been listed as the fastest-growing container port and one of the world’s 100 largest ports after less than four years of operation. Ten of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters. The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace with a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, utilizing its advanced facilities and proximity to the Bonded and Re-export Zone and the logistics park.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.