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Minister announces Northern Ireland to participate in first World Expo

Date Posted: Sun, 04 Oct, 2020

Minister announces Northern Ireland to participate in first World Expo

Northern Ireland’s Economy Minister, Diane Dodds, announced that Northern Ireland will participate in Expo 2020 in Dubai (1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022).

Making the announcement, the Minister said: “I am delighted that Northern Ireland is participating for the first time in a World Expo. Expo 2020 Dubai is the world’s largest live international event, which will see over 190 countries taking part. Collaborating with the Department for International Trade on the UK Pavilion is a tremendous platform to position our economic, tourism, food and education capabilities to a global audience, all in the one place."

Invest Northern Ireland are working closely with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to ensure Northern Ireland representation in the UK Programme, ranging from content development to expert participation in thought leadership sessions, as well as Northern Ireland representation within the pavilion showcase.

She continued: “Invest NI is actively developing an engaging programme around Northern Ireland’s key sectoral strengths to reflect the international priorities of wider government and promote Northern Ireland to international visitors. This will help build new relationships, deepen existing ones and position Northern Ireland on a global platform.”

Steve Harper, Invest NI’s Executive Director of International Business said: “Expo 2020 Dubai promises to be a truly incredible global event and whilst much has changed in recent months, our ambition is still to inspire the world by showcasing the best examples of innovation and creativity that Northern Ireland has to offer.

“I am delighted that a number of Northern Ireland companies are already realising the commercial benefits of the Expo, with Joule Group chosen as the Fire Engineering Consultant for the development of the Expo’s Luxembourg Pavilion.

“Lowe Rental is also reaping benefits after securing contracts to supply catering equipment to five country pavilions and has been named the official provider of catering equipment for the UK pavilion. There will bswe many more opportunities for businesses to get involved and to visit the Expo.”

For further information on Northern Ireland at Expo 2020, please go to or please contact:
Emma Barber
Expo Programme Manager, Invest NI Dubai