Frequently asked questions

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  • What are World Expos?
    World Expos are global gatherings held every five years to encourage innovation and cooperation. Participating countries celebrate their economic, scientific and industrial achievements with national pavilions that are open to the public. For the visiting public Expo is an educating and entertaining experience, and for participating countries Expo allows international and economic connections to be made. World Expos are overseen and regulated by the intergovernmental organisation, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). Nations compete to host World Expos and are elected by the 170 Member States of the BIE.
  • 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.
    Read the business case here
  • Who designed the New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 2020?
    New Zealand’s Pavilion for Expo 2020 is designed by Jasmax architects, with Special Group providing creative-storytelling and engineering services from Mott MacDonald.
  • How much will New Zealand’s participation in Expo 2020 cost?
    The New Zealand Government has committed $53.24 million over four years for New Zealand’s full participation at Expo 2020, including 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 will be conducted through the Government Electronic Tenders Service.
    If you are interested in becoming a formal partner of New Zealand at Expo 2020, talk to us about sponsorship opportunities.

  • 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'. Visit our Participate page to find out more.
  • Can my business have a presence at Expo 2020?

    New Zealand Trade and Enterprise can help you to determine if Expo 2020 is the right fit for your business.

    Contact us

  • How can my business or organisation get involved in the build or operation of Expo 2020?
    New Zealand companies can tender for construction and goods and services contracts relating to Expo 2020 (the event). All tenders and timelines for procurement relating to Expo 2020 (the event) are posted to an online portal. The portal enables users to access upcoming tenders, review and bid online. Expo 2020 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 Portal.
  • I am interested in exploring new export markets. Can New Zealand Trade and Enterprise help me?
    Yes, take a look at NZTE’s Export Assistance.
  • Are there public tickets for Expo 2020?
    Expo 2020 will be open to the public. Check back closer to the time for ticket information.
  • Who will attend Expo 2020?
    Expo 2020 plans to host 25 million visits during the six month event. It is expected to attract an international business audience, with the majority traveling from outside the United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s top tourist markets include India, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Oman, Germany, United States, Pakistan and Iran.
  • What is Expo Live?
    Expo 2020 has launched an innovation and partnership programme called Expo Live that aims to fund and promote creative solutions that improve the lives of others. Expo Live has a grant budget of USD $100 million. For those interested in applying for grants, further information can be found at Expo Live.