Dubai Expo 2020 Focuses on Delivery, Awards Contracts

Expo 2020 Dubai has awarded 72 new tenders through its dedicated online eSourcing portal to local, regional and international companies as work steps up on the global mega event.

Among the winners were UAE-based online recruiters Bayt.com, global expertise design company Thinkwell Group, and open innovation experts Nine Sigma, a statement said.

It added that a number of home-grown small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have also won Expo 2020 deals including Delma Interiors, which is fitting out offices at the Expo site in Dubai South, in preparation for the next stage of development in 2016.

Other SMEs working with Expo 2020 include local firm Time Lapse Middle East, which will produce time lapse photography of the site’s construction, and Panmed Energy, a Jordanian company which will provide hybrid generators.

Bayt.com won a tender for the provision and implementation of an online recruitment solution while NineSigma will be collaborating on the design and delivery of the Expo Live Challenges, an on-going innovation and partnership programme that will stimulate developments in Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Expo’s three subthemes.

Manal AlBayat, vice president for engagement at Expo, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. We are already doing this by bringing together thought-leading companies from the UAE and globally, to prepare, build and operate an exceptional event that will be attended by millions who are inspired by what they see, and thrilled by the best possible visitor experience; leaving a positive legacy that benefits the whole nation.”

Other awards made by Expo include Matrix Laboratories for the provision of geotechnical works in Dubai South, Parsons for infrastructure design services and Aecom for urban planning and the design of the public realm at the event’s site.

AlBayat added: “As we move into 2016, the scale and pace of the project will increase. We are committed to transparent procurement and a totally even playing field. Tenders are published online via our eSourcing portal. We want to select the best suppliers to work with – of any scale. Individuals and firms of all sizes, local or international, can register and bid for opportunities.”

Last month, a report by investment bank Arqaam Capital said Dubai Expo 2020 will add more than $23 billion to the UAE’s gross domestic product (GDP), boosting it by about five percent.

Expo 2020 is scheduled to be hosted by Dubai in an area next to Jebel Ali. Spanning 438,000 square metres, Dubai Expo 2020 will be 10 percent larger in size than Milan Expo 2015.

UAE officials are expecting to welcome 25 million visits to the event, five million more than Milan Expo 2015, and for it to create 277,000 jobs, most of which will be in the tourism industry.

At its peak, the Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition site at Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali is designed to accommodate up to 300,000 visitors, with average week-day attendance expected at 153,000.

Running October 2020 through April 2021, the Expo will launch the country’s Golden Jubilee celebration and serve as a springboard from which to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades.

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