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Frequently Asked Questions

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?


The New Zealand Pavilion for Expo 2020 is designed by Jasmax architects. The pavilion’s visitor experience is led by Haumi (Karl Johnstone), Workshop e and Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui. The pavilion’s kinetic façade is designed by Kayne Horsham and supplied by Kaynemaile architectural mesh.




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. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an additional $7.78 million was allocated to cover the cost of the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai.




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'. Visit our Participate page to find out more.




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?


If your New Zealand school plans to visit Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, we will welcome you to the New Zealand Pavilion. Your travel itinerary, Expo 2020 tickets and visit, and student group will need to be independently project-managed and self-funded. The ideal time to visit the Expo 2020 park will be in the mornings when the park opens at 10am. This is when UAE and other school groups will be visiting. With advance warning, we will use our best endeavours to ensure your school group can access the New Zealand Pavilion experience. We request that you let us know if you are planning a trip to Expo 2020 and are happy to chat to you about what your school wants to achieve. Please get in touch at: info@nzatexpo.govt.nz




How can my New Zealand school learn more about Expo 2020 Dubai?


We encourage New Zealand schools to explore the Expo 2020 theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – either in New Zealand or at Expo 2020 Dubai itself! If your school wishes to explore these themes from New Zealand, we encourage you to use this teaching resource: Pūtātara The resource supports schools and teachers to create learning opportunities that expand learners’ understanding of complex issues and take action for change. The resource offers rich inquiry pathways that reflect local contexts, integrate learning areas, and explore how Expo 2020 Dubai encourages countries to collaborate in tackling issues such as preserving the planet.




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.

Follow us on social media for updates @nzatexpo




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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