It has been revealed that the Dubai Municipality has spent millions of dollars on plants and vegetation to transform Expo 2020 Dubai into a lush desert oasis.
More than 800,000 plants, worth in excess of $6m (AED22m), have already been delivered by the municipality.
A 220,000m² area of the construction site has also been turned into a nursery to cultivate trees and plants. The sustainable space uses organic fertilisers and all of the waste generated by the nursery is recycled.
Ahmed Al Khateeb, chief development and delivery officer at Expo 2020 Dubai, said he expects more than 12,000 trees and 256,000 shrubs, flowers and herbs to be cultivated at the nursery in cooperation with Dubai Municipality.
Taleb Abdulkareem Jilfar, executive director of the municipality’s infrastructure services arm, meanwhile, said the bill for irrigation and landscaping projects for Expo 2020 could surpass $62m (AED227m).
Expo's delivery team is also using greenery for more than just beautification, by creating a natural barrier of trees to reduce the amount of sand and dust picked up by the wind.
To minimise the huge volume of water required to keep the trees and plants healthy, the team is also using special soils to conserve water and reduce evaporation. They also plan to employ dripping and spray technologies instead of traditional irrigation systems that can be less efficient.
This is all part of plans to ensure Expo 2020 Dubai empower's the UAE's long-term sustainability strategy.