Sheikh Mohammed visits Expo 2020 site as construction begins

Time Out has pictures and information after Sheikh Mohammed visits Expo 2020 site, as construction begins near Al Maktoum International Airport

With just four years to go until Dubai’s Expo 2020 kicks off, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has visited the site of the world-class event just as construction got underway.

HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied on the tour by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and President of the Department of Civil Aviation, along with other committee members.

Together they visited the 438-hectare area that will house the Expo and attended a conference in which they were informed that 4.7 million cubic metres of recycled earth will be used for construction, as part of Expo 2020's environmentally friendly objectives.

The ruler of Dubai called for the all facilities and construction work to be finished in time for the iconic world fair inauguration in October 2020.

“Today I witnessed the start of construction at the site of the Expo 2020 exhibition. We’ve begun work on an area spanning 23 hectares that will welcome 25 million visitors,” HH Sheikh Mohammed wrote in an Instagram post.

“After the Expo is over, the site will become the heart of the vibrant new city we're building in the middle of the desert in Dubai South, also home to the largest airport in the world. Despite the heat of the sun on site today, the presence of a young team building a new monument to national pride was a source of comfort and happiness.”

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