Cricket star Nathan McCullum visits the New Zealand Pavilion

“It’s great to see that the New Zealand Pavilion is leading the way,” says the former New Zealand Blackcaps cricketer.

On a two-day visit to Dubai, former Blackcaps cricketer Nathan McCullum, was taken on a tour of the Expo 2020 Dubai site and was impressed by the scope and operational detail of the project.

“I run a construction company in Auckland but to see a site this size, and the magnitude of it, is pretty amazing,” he said.

“And it’s pretty special to drive through and see the different parts of the site being built and the different buildings and the way it’s been put together.”

The former New Zealand cricket all-rounder, who has played 147 games for the Blackcaps in both ODI and T20 cricket, is now General Manager of Total Property Worx, a commercial construction company in Auckland, New Zealand.

The highlight of the site tour was McCullum’s visit to the New Zealand Pavilion, which is currently under construction.

“It’s great to see that the New Zealand Pavilion is leading the way, and almost at the head of the pack. It’s going to be really special and [it will] show a bit of pride of where we come from in New Zealand,” he also said.

The 2,000 square metre New Zealand Pavilion will feature a visitor experience, restaurant and VIP hosting facilities all designed by Jasmax architects.

McCullum met the construction team building the New Zealand Pavilion, many of whom are big cricket fans and were keen to have selfies with one of the game’s legends.

McCullum was impressed with the New Zealand Pavilion’s theme, Care for People and Place, which he believes encompasses what New Zealand is all about.

“It’s about looking out for each other, looking out for our country and wanting to share that with everyone,” he said.

“And I think that’s the beauty of being involved in Expo 2020, as it gives a lot of people a chance to see the great things that come out of New Zealand and gives them an insight into it before they take that trip down south.”

During his visit, McCullum also attended one of the Expo 2020 Dubai Cricket Tournament Games and made a special trip to Hartland International school, where he met 12 young cricket enthusiasts and gave them batting and bowling tips during a coaching session.