Bee rescue mission.

In early 2019, the environmental team from ASGC – the contractor tasked with building Expo 2020’s Sustainability District – informed Expo that its staff had found the bees’ nest in a pile of steel rebars.
Following a complex operation to remove the insects, which involved sugar solution being sprayed on them to temporarily stop them from flying, the hive of Apis mellifera honeybees – which are not native to the UAE – was relocated to the Beekeepers Association’s Bee Garden at The Sustainable City in Dubai.
Two years after their rescue, a small group from Expo 2020’s Sustainability team visited the garden, for the second year in a row, to help harvest and bottle the honey into 100 specially designed Expo 2020 jars.
In January 2020, Expo implemented a policy of Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) and established a ‘Cat Committee’, comprised of Expo staff, to help relocate and rehome all cats found on site.
Since construction began, more than 20 animal species have been rescued and relocated off-site, including a falcon, a spiny-tailed lizard, baby hares and a variety of other reptiles and small mammals.