Frequently Asked Questions
What are World Expos?
Has New Zealand been to previous World Expos?
New Zealand has a long history of participation in World Expos, including a small display in the first Great Exhibition in London in 1851, where we showcased raw materials such as flax and minerals and Māori crafts. In recent years, New Zealand has chosen to participate in Expos where there were compelling strategic and economic reasons to do so.
Why is New Zealand participating in Expo 2020?
There is a strong business case for New Zealand’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai. It will bring an economic benefit to New Zealand through an increase in exports to new and existing markets, increased investment plus growth in tourists and international students. The Pavilion will give our companies a presence in one of our fastest growing trade regions, two-way trade with the Gulf Cooperation Council is valued at more than $4 billion.
Who designed the New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 2020?
How much will New Zealand’s participation in Expo 2020 cost?
The New Zealand Government initially committed $53.24 million over four years for New Zealand’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai which included the construction, operation and decommission of the New Zealand Pavilion.
Can I provide in-kind goods or services to the New Zealand Pavilion?
Procurement for the New Zealand Pavilion is mostly complete.
If you are interested in becoming a formal partner of New Zealand at Expo 2020 Dubai, talk to us about sponsorship opportunities here.
How do I get an exhibitor stand inside the New Zealand Pavilion?
Expo 2020 is not a traditional trade fair with individual exhibitor stands or booths. World Expos are platforms to make international connections and where nations showcase their innovations and economic and trade capabilities. New Zealand’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 will tell a curated story themed around our 'Care for People and Place'.
How can companies participate in the NZTE Discover Middle East Programme for Expo 2020?
If you are interested in registering for the programme you can do so online at Expo 2020 Dubai Business Leverage Programme. To register you'll be prompted to sign up to myNZTE – this is free and gives you instant access to online resources and other events.
How can my business or organisation get involved in the build or operation of Expo 2020?
New Zealand companies can tender for goods and services contracts relating to Expo 2020 Dubai (the event). All tenders and timelines for procurement relating to Expo 2020 Dubai (the event) are posted to an Online Marketplace.
The portal enables users to access upcoming tenders, review and bid online. Expo 2020 Dubai organisers are committed to awarding work to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). All New Zealand companies operating in or with a strategy for the United Arab Emirates should register on the Expo 2020 Dubai Online Marketplace.
I’m interested in exploring new export markets. Can New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) support me?
Yes! If you’re committed to growing your business internationally and want to explore new markets, NZTE can support you in your international journey.
Read more about the assistance NZTE offers here. If you’re thinking about doing business in India, the Middle East or Africa, you can have a look at NZTE’s free platform for exporters “myNZTE” for free resources and market guides about the region.
If you are seriously considering exporting to one or more markets in the Middle East, check out the Discover Middle East programme, a series of NZTE activities and events for New Zealand businesses in the run-up to Expo 2020.
To get started with NZTE, contact the team online or phone 0800 555 888 (freephone within NZ) to speak with a Customer Advisor.
Are there public tickets for Expo 2020?
Expo 2020 Dubai is an event that will be open to the public. While tickets were on sale, Expo 2020 Dubai have put sales on hold for the moment.
Once a final decision from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai is made and new dates are announced, tickets will be back on sale.
Who will attend Expo 2020?
Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract an international business audience from markets including India, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Oman, Germany, United States, Pakistan and Iran.
What is Expo Live?
Expo 2020 Dubai has launched an innovation and partnership programme called Expo Live that aims to fund and promote creative solutions that improve the lives of others.
With grants available up to US $100,000, the Expo Live programme will not only fund,
social enterprises, start-ups and grassroots projects, but accelerate, promote and support creative, novel solutions that improve lives while preserving our world.
The first New Zealand based business that successfully received Expo Live funding is eye care specialists oDocs. With a mission to end preventable blindness, oDocs founders Dr. Hong Sheng Chiong and Dr. Benjamin O’Keeffe developed smartphone technology to deliver accessible and freely available eye care.
For those interested in applying for grants, further information can be found here.
How can my New Zealand school group visit Expo 2020 Dubai?
How can my New Zealand school learn more about Expo 2020 Dubai?
Who is building the New Zealand Pavilion?
New Zealand at Expo 2020 has appointed Rimond Middle East as its main contractor to build the New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.
What is New Zealand’s theme for Expo 2020 Dubai?
New Zealand theme is Care for People and Place. The theme is based on the indigenous environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga and reflects our role as guardians across all we do and create. Located in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sustainability District, the New Zealand Pavilion will celebrate our innovation, creativity and integrity.
What are the new dates for Expo 2020 Dubai?
Expo 2020 Dubai will run from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022. The event was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I already bought a ticket for Expo 2020, will it still be valid in 2021?
Expo 2020 has advised that tickets still have their full value but will need to be replaced for the postponed event.
A new ticket valid for the new dates will be sent directly to your email address at a later date. Please check the Expo 2020 website for further information.
Will you accept new registrations for the Parris Goebel’s Voice of Youth show?
Yes. Once we have confirmed the new dates for the auditions, we will re-open the registration for singing and dancing talent.
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I had signed up to audition for Parris Goebel’s Voice of Youth show. When will the auditions be rescheduled?
All registered participants will be advised by email of new dates for the auditions.
Will Parris Goebel still curate New Zealand’s Entertainment and Cultural Programme?
Yes. We are thrilled that Parris will continue her work with us, to share and promote New Zealand’s arts and culture on the world stage and celebrate our youth and diversity.
What is happening with the construction of the New Zealand Pavilion?
Construction of the New Zealand pavilion is 95% complete and will be paused for several months. The pavilion will be completed in mid-2021, in time for Expo 2020 Dubai.
To read more about the pavilion, see our latest update: New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai is 95% complete
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