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Canada awards construction contract for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

EllisDon and consortium is picked to design and build pavilion and public presentation space at Expo 2020 Dubai

Canada awards construction contract for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

EllisDon Construction has been awarded the contract to design and build the Canada pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The company will work with consortium members Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources, Hatch, Kubik, Thornton Tomasetti, NGX and Cisco, to deliver the pavilion and public presentation space.

Jody K. Becker, chief strategy officer and senior vice-president, services, EllisDon, said: “As part of our long-term commitment to our operations in the Middle East, EllisDon is honoured to have been named the successful proponent for the delivery of the design, construction and operation of the Canada pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Together with our team of expert Canadian and Emirati partners, we look forward to delivering a pavilion that will represent all Canadians and of which we can all be proud.”

In 2018, the UAE was Canada’s 22nd-largest merchandise export market globally, with nearly $1.5 billion of exports.

Expo 2020 Dubai will mark Canada’s first participation in a World Expo since Expo 2010 Shanghai China, and will see the country showcase its economic, social and cultural contributions to a global audience of millions.

“The Canada pavilion in Dubai will serve as a meeting place for Canadian business and innovators. It’s one more way our government is opening doors for companies to compete in thriving global markets, secure new contracts, attract international investment and create well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians,” said Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification.

Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million visits between October 20 2020 and April 10 2021, and 70 percent of its visitors are projected to come from outside the UAE.

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