The Expo 2020 Workers' Monument pays tribute to the workforce responsible for building the first world's fair to be held in the Arab world, praising the contribution, dedication and achievements of the Expo workforce.
The Workers' Monument, designed by renowned London architect Asif Khan, features the name of each worker engraved in stone structures. Inspired by the metamorphosis of the moon during an eclipse, the cylindrical columns also refer to the traditional science of cartography and the fine engineering of astrolabes in the Islamic world.
The colonnade, composed of columns carved from a single monolithic block, is located along the main walkway of the Expo Jubilee Park, and will be visited by millions of people around the world. It reflects the deeply rooted spirit of collaboration in the UAE and underpins the vision and ethos of Expo 2020 - the first global event of this size and scope to be staged since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the groundbreaking on the vast Expo site in 2015, the 200,000 or so workers from around the world have put in more than 240 million hours of work, transforming what was once a vast expanse of desert into the incredible home of Expo 2020, a world-class city of the future and a beacon of Dubai's 2040 urban master plan.
Expo 2020 has also developed the Worker Portrait Series, which includes stunning images capturing the diversity and spirit of the Expo workforce, accompanied by their own inspirational quotes, highlighting their achievements and aspirations for the future. These images will be proudly displayed during Expo 2020 on the public domain digital screens, where they will be seen by visitors from around the world. A selection will also be displayed in the Expo Media Centre gallery during Expo 2020.
The series follows an audiovisual exhibition in 2017 that featured workers' stories about Expo 2020, told in their own language.
Throughout construction, Expo 2020 followed a comprehensive strategy called Better Together, a positive, values-based approach to worker health, safety and well-being. Six pillars underpin the strategy - Leadership, Communication, Competence, Engagement, Reward and Recognition, and Continuous Improvement - each of which includes a number of different activities and programmes.