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Leading global consultancies appointed to support site masterplan strategy for the UAE’s 2020 World Expo bid

JLL MENA and Mace to provide expert analysis and review of long-term development plan for Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali.

​​​Two internationally leading consultancies have been appointed to support the development of the masterplan for Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali, the UAE’s proposed site for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai.

JLL MENA – a financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate and operating in 1,000 locations across 70 countries – has been mandated to carry out a site analysis and legacy masterplan review. As part of this feasibility study, JLL MENA will develop a long-term land use plan, providing a sustainable development strategy for both the Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali site and surrounding areas.

Mace, a consultancy and construction company with a presence in 69 countries around the world, has also been engaged by the Expo 2020 team to assist with cost management and planning, working closely alongside the bid masterplan architects to develop the overall scope of this important project. This £1 billion firm has carried out a wide range of high-profile projects, including serving as a delivery partner for the infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as part of the CLM consortium. Mace was also responsible for the construction of the award winning UK Pavillion, officially known as the Seed Cathedral, at the Shanghai Expo 2010, winner of the Expo’s top pavilion award. 

The appointment of JLL MENA and Mace will complement the skills and expertise of the international architectural and design firms currently working on the site masterplan.
Helal Saeed Al Marri, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai World Trade Centre and Member of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, said: “As today’s announcement demonstrates, we continue to strengthen the team leading the masterplan development of this specialised, highly connected 438-hectare site.”
He added: “By partnering with the most expert firms from across the globe, we will ensure that Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel Ali serves as an ideal site to host the 2020 Expo – and as a permanent attraction, contributing to the city’s long-term appeal as a premier destination for global events.”
Alan Robertson, CEO of JLL MENA​, Middle East & North Africa, said: “From our experience in helping with the real estate components at various World Expos and Olympic Games across the world, we are aware of the hugely beneficial impact that these events can have on their host cities. We think Dubai and the UAE has an extremely strong case to be selected for Expo 2020 and are delighted to be part of the bid team.”
Stephen Pycroft, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mace, said: “The Mace consultancy team has a reputation for leading world class programmes as has been demonstrated with delivery of the infrastructure and venues of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are committed to helping establish a legacy through large scale city planning schemes and we are delighted to work on such a significant global event alongside the Dubai World Trade Centre.”
Dubai, UAE, is competing against four other candidate cities bidding to host the 2020 World Expo, including Ayutthaya (Thailand); Ekaterinburg (Russia); Izmir (Turkey); and Sao Paulo (Brazil). The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 160 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.​ 
Note to the Editors:

About the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo in Dubai: 

The Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World Expo was formed by decree by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, serves as Chairman of the Committee.

Additional Committee members include: His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court of Dubai, who serves as Deputy Chairman; Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and the Committee's Managing Director; Mr. Ahmad Abdullah Al Shaikh, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office; and Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.
The Committee submits regular reports directly to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed on the outcomes, milestones, challenges, solutions, proposals and recommendations towards achieving the ultimate goal of ensuring success in hosting World Expo 2020.

For further information about the UAE bid, please visit:

• Website:
• Twitter: @Dubaiexpo2020
About the Bureau International des Expositions:
The Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the calendar, bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos. The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris in 1928, which established the rights and responsibilities of Expo organisers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention.
The BIE’s mission is to maintain the integrity and quality of Expos so that they may continue to educate the public and promote innovation in the service of human progress. Expos must be able to not only provide a benchmark for the human progress made in a given domain, but also propose a roadmap for the way forward – and the BIE works to ensure this.