New Zealand breaks ground for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

The pavilion, with a theme of 'Care for People and Place', will showcase New Zealand's culture and values
New Zealand breaks ground for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion
Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020 and Matthew Hawkins, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, took shovels and broke ground on the site alongside Expo 2020 representatives Najeeb Al Ali, Executive Director Bureau, and Maha Al Gargawi, Vice President International Participants.
By Staff writer
Tue 14 May 2019 08:34 AM

New Zealand officially launched construction work on its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion with a ground-breaking ceremony at its site in Expo’s Sustainability District.

The pavilion, with a theme of 'Care for People and Place', will showcase New Zealand’s culture and values.

“We’re really excited to share our pavilion story with the international community," said Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020.

"Our theme, Care for People and Place, will be part of the visitor experience and continue in the pavilion restaurant, where patrons can experience our warm hospitality and enjoy food that has been grown and prepared with future generations in mind.”

The pavilion will also have event and hospitality spaces that New Zealand business, education and government sectors can book to use throughout the World Expo.

Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020 and Matthew Hawkins, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, took shovels and broke ground on the site alongside Expo 2020 representatives Najeeb Al Ali, Executive Director Bureau, and Maha Al Gargawi, Vice President International Participants.

The pavilion is designed by New Zealand architect firm Jasmax. The construction company Cimolai Rimond Middle East will perform the enabling and foundation works for the pavilion.

Prior to any works, last month a Māori karakia (cultural blessing) was performed on site to prepare it for the building processes.

Construction is expected to be complete by the middle of next year, ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai opening in October 2020.

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