McLaren to build UK pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020

Posted on 27th June 2019

McLaren to build UK pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020
Image courtesy of:

According to *Tradearabia news report, the UK government has signed up British construction firm McLaren to build the 3,417-sq-m, two-level country pavilion for the Dubai Expo 2020 event, which kicks off on October 20 next year and will run until April 10, 2021.

Along with McLaren, Pico, a global leader in total brand activation, has also been named official partner for the project.

The company was selected for its long history in world expos having been involved in the delivery of over 80 country pavilions. With a 50-year track record and global presence, Pico has been in the UK since the 1980s and in the Middle East since the early 1990s.

The ground breaking ceremony for the 'artistic, AI-inspired pavilion' is being held today (June 27) in the presence of Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP.

Located in the ‘Opportunity’ district the UK Pavilion, designed by award-winning British artist Es Devlin OBE, will promote the UK as a world-class destination for trade, investment, education and tourism, and highlight the UK’s expertise in artificial intelligence and the space sector. It will also represent the UK with its “Innovating for a Shared Future’ theme.

"As the first major international moment after we leave the EU, Expo 2020 Dubai will mark the UK becoming a truly independent trading nation," remarked Fox.

"The Expo provides a global platform to showcase our ambition for the future, and our participation provides excellent opportunities for UK businesses that have already won major contracts," he stated.

“I am delighted that our newly appointed construction partners Pico and McLaren will be working with our design team to bring the best of British creativity, innovation and expertise to the world,” he added.

Lauding the move, Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau said: "The UAE and the UK have long enjoyed a robust, mutually-beneficial relationship that will continue to thrive as we forge partnerships across all sectors, from trade and tourism to art, technology and education."

"Expo 2020 Dubai will provide a strong platform to expand those partnerships, and we congratulate the UK as it begins the construction of this dramatic, artistic, AI-inspired pavilion," stated the minister.

McLaren brings a wealth of experience in the construction and development industry, with established operations in the UK and UAE. The two companies will form a strong strategic partnership to deliver the UK Pavilion at the Expo.

Pico Group Director Jessie Ng said: "We are proud to have been chosen along with McLaren to build the UK Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai."

"Working with the Department for International Trade, we will build a unique and exciting structure that will showcase the best in UK innovation and reflect the opportunities within the UK’s participating theme for Expo 2020 Dubai – ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’," stated Ng.
The UK is participating in Expo 2020 Dubai,  Over 190 nations are taking part and the event is expected to receive 25 million visits, with 70% being international. The overarching theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

The UK’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will be led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), with support from other government departments across Whitehall. Britain's presence will consist of a self-build country pavilion and an accompanying business and cultural events programme.

The theme of the UK Pavilion is ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’ and will be based in the ‘Opportunity’ district.

*News source:

Related project: Expo 2020 - UK Pavilion

Back to all Construction News

Share this story: