Continuing a rich tradition that began almost 170 years ago with the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, the Dubai EXPO 2020 is the first time an Arab country has been selected to host the iconic EXPO event. To commemorate, a purpose built 4.3 km2 show ground is under construction and the BARTON conduit range supplied through Liberty Building Solutions has been specified at two key Dubai EXPO 2020 projects; the Dubai Metro line extension and the centrepiece of the EXPO itself, Al Wasl Plaza.
The EXPO ground will accommodate over 190 participating countries in a landmark which runs for 6 months from October 2020 to April 2021. The Al Wasl Plaza houses an exhibition centre, a multi-purpose hall and an arrivals plaza featuring a 360 degree translucent dome, 150m in diameter and 65m high.
The dome consists of a trellis like steel structure that features an advanced lighting system. Electrical wiring needs to be routed within the steel work and the height of the dome requires prewired subassemblies. BARTON was asked to supply specially designed low smoke zero halogen flexible conduit and zinc adaptors, rigid conduit and accessories, switch & socket boxes and electrical enclosures.
In July 2018, Liberty Building Solutions provided a small quantity of BARTON rigid and flexible conduit for approval at the mock up area. Volume supplies will take place during 2019 and in total, BARTON expects to provide more than 125,000m of conduit to the Al Wasl Dome and 300,000m to the Metro line extension.
BARTON is an ideal choice for both of these fast track projects. The range is designed and manufactured to meet the demanding technical specification and withstand the extreme environmental conditions of heat, humidity, salinity and dust. Local stocking at the nearby warehouse operated by Liberty Building Solutions, means the short lead times can be met with on-time deliveries to the busy site – ensuring that BARTON lights up the Dubai EXPO 2020 when it opens to the public in October 2020.