Australia will participate in Expo 2020, held for the very first time in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 2020 to April 2021.
Themed around mobility, sustainability and opportunity, it's anticipated that Expo 2020 Dubai will attract around 25 million visitors from over 180 countries, with 70 per cent of visitors arriving from outside the UAE.
Participating countries will have their own pavilions at the Expo, alongside three major pavilions representing the main themes of the event.
Expo 2020 will present an opportunity to showcase Australian culture, ingenuity and innovation, and highlight the quality of our services sector and education system, agricultural products and credentials as a secure destination for trade and two-way investment. It will also provide Australian businesses with a unique platform to forge global collaboration, and capitalise on opportunities in the UAE, as well as the broader region.
The UAE is Australia’s largest trade and investment partner in the Middle East, with thriving tourism links, strong defence cooperation and wide-ranging dialogue and collaboration on foreign policy and international security.
Almost 25,000 Australians live in the UAE, there are 350 Australian companies represented, and over 130 flights a week connect the UAE and Australia.
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As the development, project management and construction of Expo 2020 gets underway, there are significant opportunities for Australian companies to get involved. Some companies have already been successful in winning Expo-related contracts, including in architecture, construction and logistics.
The UAE is investing more than USD$9.4 billion in Expo 2020, and has made a commitment of 20 per cent of primary and subcontracts to be awarded to SMEs.
In the interests of producing the world’s best event, the Expo 2020 team are not limiting contracts to local providers, and are actively encouraging international suppliers of goods and services to get involved.
Potential opportunities include:
- services – architectural, engineering, urban planning, facilities management, consultancy services and training (retail, food logistics, service delivery)
- innovation – sustainability (clean energy and waste management), IoT, blockchain, solutions to food waste and food packaging
- Australian food franchises
- firms with capabilities across niche sectors, such as health and sciences, transport, and renewables.