The World Expo 2020 continues to fuel construction activity as Dubai powers ahead with its vision to be a world-leading business and lifestyle destination. In February this year, Dubai amazed the world by revealing it will go boldly forward and build a small city on Mars by 2117.

Link to: Dubai projects at a glance

Al Futtaim Carillion will be developing the theme districts at the Expo 2020 Dubai venue under a $599-million contract. UAE-based Al Futtaim Carillion has just started work on the Expo 2020 Dubai site, having been signed up as the main contractor for the development of the Dh2.2-billion ($599 million) theme districts of the project.

A stretch of The Palm Jumeirah has been turned into a much sought-after hospitality address.

Salini Impregilo has been appointed to build Meydan One Mall, being developed as the first phase of the massive Meydan One development. The ground has been broken for a key component of Meydan One, which aspires to be Dubai’s number one attraction when its first phase opens in 2020.

The Jameel Arts Centre Dubai will foster knowledge and love for art, be a place for artists to work, and act as a meeting point for enthusiasts to see works from the region and beyond.

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) is setting up its first integrated smart city project, Silicon Park, at an estimated cost of Dh1.3 billion ($354 million).

Formwork systems from Germany’s Paschal-Werk G Maier can be seen utilised in projects throughout Dubai – right from the Expo 2020 site to The Palm Jumeirah development - helping shape a diverse range of structures.

Advanced Plastic Industries (API), which manufactures polyolefin pipes and fittings for construction and infrastructure applications, has opened an office in Dubai, UAE, to better serve the region with its range of “exceptional pipe systems” that boast high performance, reliability and durability.