Dubai Expo 2020 to award $3b of building orders in 2017

The 47 construction contracts to be awarded are open to both local and foreign companies

Dubai: Dubai’s World Expo 2020 plans to award 47 construction contracts valued at Dh11 billion ($3 billion) this year, providing an economic boost for the United Arab Emirates even as oil prices remain low.

The contracts, which are open to both local and foreign companies, are part of the third and final infrastructure package for the event, Dubai Expo 2020 said in a statement on Monday. Another 98 non-construction orders worth as much as Dh360 million will be awarded.

The global trade fair, which will be the first in the Middle East, is expected to accelerate growth in the city to more than 5 per cent by 2020, according to estimates by the International Monetary Fund.

“We are committed to working with leading businesses from across the world in order to deliver an exceptional event of this scale, on time and on budget,” Reem Al Hashimy, UAE minister of state for international cooperation and director general of the Dubai Expo 2020 bureau, said in the press release.

Dubai’s government is building an airport that will become the world’s largest close to the expo site and plans to move the headquarters of flagship carrier Emirates there by 2025. Organisers aim to complete the majority of construction a full year ahead of the event’s opening in October 2020.

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