2020 Dubai Expo, Al Wasl Plaza.


The heart of Expo 2020.

We are delighted to confirm that we will be providing MEP services for the 2020 Dubai Expo’s incredible centre-piece, Al Wasl Plaza.

Previously appointed to design MEP for the majority of the buildings within the three thematic districts or ‘petals’ of the 4.28 km2 site, we will be continuing our involvement with this innovative project by working on the breath-taking glass-domed structure at its very heart.

Al Wasl Plaza will be home to a number of exciting engineering challenges, including the need to calibrate the temperature under the trellis with that outside, ensuring a conformable environment for visitors.

The plaza will connect the three thematic districts, Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility. Inspired by the shape of the Expo 2020 logo, the domed trellis will act as a 360-degree projection surface, providing a stunning visual centre that will look spectacular from both inside and out.

The client hopes that the spaces will continue to inspire and provide value to people long after the event has officially closed.

We have recently made some changes that reflect our ambition to expand internationally, with the appointment of Iain MacDougall as the new General Manager for the UAE region, replacing Ian Gow who will be returning to the UK to focus on developing the firm’s international offer. The firm is focused on growing its international profile – whilst maintaining a premium service for all of its clients globally.

Iain MacDougall comments on the project: “We are immensely proud to be part of such an iconic project. Working with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, we are looking forward to all of the challenges and rewards that this project will bring.”