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The Future in mind: Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from October 2021 to March 2022, will be the first opportunity for the world to convene post‑pandemic. Hosted in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this mega‑event aims to catalyse business collaboration, stimulate innovation, and create tangible commercial opportunities.

The Canada Pavilion
The Canada Pavilion at Expo Dubai

Canada’s participation at Expo is driven by trade and investment. To that end, Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) team in the UAE is putting together an ambitious business program. We invite Canadian companies to participate in programming offered both in person at the Canada Pavilion, or on a dedicated virtual platform. Launching in May 2021, the platform is a partnership between the Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and key business councils active in Canada and the UAE.

“I look forward to welcoming many in‑person and virtual visitors to Canada’s beautiful pavilion, taking shape in Expo’s Sustainability District. Sustainability is at the center of Canada’s approach to the COVID‑19 economic recovery.”

H.E. Jean‑Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates

Dubai is the commercial hub of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, with an open and competitive economy, a thirst for innovation, and excellent logistics network with regional and international connections.

In alignment with Canada’s Trade Diversification Strategy, Canada’s commercial programming seeks to help Canadian companies explore new markets and expand business in the UAE, and beyond.

Canadian companies in various key industry sectors including aerospace, agtech, arts & culture, artificial intelligence, cleantech, creative industries, defence and security, e‑commerce, energy, fintech, food security, forestry products, green building, healthcare, information and communications technologies (ICT), infrastructure, international education, logistics and space, will have opportunities to access multiple markets at once, maximizing their connections with regional and international buyers in one place.

To support inclusive economic recovery, the TCS will also be holding three Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) events, in the healthcare, ICT and cleantech sectors.

Canadian companies interested in taking part in Canada’s business program should contact Canada’s Trade Commissioners Service (TCS) in the UAE at uae-eau.infocentre@international.gc.ca.

The Canada Pavilion

The Canada Pavilion at Expo Dubai will be an ideal platform to display Canada’s innovation, knowledge, and expertise in the field of business and culture. Inspired by Canadian landscapes and Arabic architectural elements, the pavilion is a symbolic representation of the strong cultural and economic ties between Canada and the UAE.

It will also serve as an important meeting place for Canadian businesses and innovators: in addition to a public presentation area open to all Expo visitors, dedicated business areas in the pavilion are available to Canadian companies and partners at no cost. The business area will play host to commercial programming linked to major trade shows and other high-profile anchor events, including:

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