New Zealand will take part in the next World Expo, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  

Expo 2020 will focus on innovations for a better world and bring together more than 180 countries around the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. 

The United Arab Emirates will host 25 million visitors to Dubai for a six month World Expo from October 2020.  In national pavilions, participating countries will showcase their economic and trade capabilities alongside their culture and values. 

The New Zealand Pavilion

New Zealand’s pavilion (pictured above) will be located in Expo 2020’s Sustainability District and tell the story of New Zealand’s kaitiakitanga – our care for people and place.  

The pavilion is being designed by Jasmax architects, with Special Group as creative storytellers and Mott MacDonald providing engineering services. The 2,000 square metre building will feature an exhibition space, restaurant, design store and hosting facilities.

The pavilion was inspired by waka taonga, receptacles made by Māori to safe-guard items of considerable intrinsic value. The beautifully carved containers, which included waka huia and papahou are important cultural symbols for protection and the maintenance of values and practices. They were gifted to strengthen relationships, create new partnerships and maintain traditions and stories from one generation to the next.  

The architectural concept uses the waka taonga as a way of bringing people together and it reflects the Connecting Minds, Creating the Future theme of Expo 2020.

At Expo 2020, we will present our waka taonga, the pavilion is a receptacle for essential aspects of New Zealand’s identity and values. New Zealand’s gift to the world is our kaitiakitanga, our unique approach to sustainability, our care for people and place and for future generations.

Get involved in Expo 2020 

Expo 2020 offers significant opportunities for New Zealand businesses.   

An Expression of Interest for the supply of hardware and consumables for the New Zealand pavilion will be released in mid-2018 through the New Zealand Government Electronic Tender System (GETS).

There are significant procurement opportunities with the United Arab Emirates Government for construction, goods and services related to Expo 2020.  There is an ongoing procurement process via an online portal.  

Construction contracts worth NZ$4 billion and non-construction contracts worth NZ$150 million have already been awarded.  

Size is no barrier to securing contracts with Expo 2020. The UAE is committed to supporting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from around the world.  More than 50 percent of contracts awarded so far have gone to SMEs. 

Do not miss this unique opportunity to participate in this global event.  

Interested New Zealand companies and individuals should register now on the Expo 2020 Dubai e-Sourcing Portal:



If you are looking to better understand the Middle East market, want to grow your business in the region or find out more about Expo 2020 opportunities we’d love to hear from you:

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