The contract to develop the infrastructure required for the Expo 2020 site in Dubai has been awarded to a joint venture (JV) between Orascom and Besix.
Cairo-based Orascom will work with Belgian firm Besix on the construction of amenities such as sewerage infrastructure, underground pipes and cabling, roads, electrical and water services.
The contract is one of up to 47 expected to be granted in 2017, by the team responsible for delivering the Expo 2020 site, with an estimated total value of around US$3 bn.
To date, more than 4.7 million m2 of earth has been moved on the event site in Dubai South, with Tristar Engineering and Construction having already undertaken the deep infrastructure work on the non-gated area, known as Expo Village.
The completed Expo 2020 site will cover a total area of almost 4.4 km2, and is expected to host up to 300,000 visitors per day, between October 2020 and April 2021.