Ground broken on Expo 2020 Dubai's Australia Pavilion
Work begins on "innovative" pavilion that will present "a distinctive Australian brand" at the next World Expo in Dubai
Ground has broken on the Australia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, more than a year after the country's participation in the next World Expo was jointly announced by Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop, and Minister for Trade, the Hon Stephen Ciobo, in March 2018.
In a tweet, the team behind Australia Pavilion said ground had been broken on the structure in the presence of Commissioner General, Justin McGowan and Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, executive director of Expo 2020.
They were joined by Dr Stephanie Fahey, chief executive officer of Austrade, and HE Arthur Spyrou, Australian Ambassador to the UAE, in addition to Australian Embassy officials and colleagues, on 15 July.
While additional details of Australia's country pavilion have yet to be revealed, developer Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says on its website that the "innovative" structure will "present a distinctive Australian brand that maximises the appeal of Australia as a place to visit, study, invest, and do business".
The Australian Pavilion will host a cultural programme curated by Jacqui Bonner Marketing and Management, showcasing the diversity of Australia's creative arts and cultural heritage.
Australian commissioner general for Expo 2020 Dubai, told UAE daily The National in January 2019 that the Aussie pavilion would span 2,500m2 and stand 21m high.
In a statement this May, Australia Pavilion said Australian companies had secured "a number of contracts" to work on Expo 2020 Dubai, including architectural and construction projects worth more than $100m (AED367.3m).
Australian consultancy GHD will design and oversee the construction of five emergency services posts at Expo 2020 Dubai, the team behind the pavilion said on 1 July, 2019.
GHD will design police, fire, and ambulance posts for the project, and all five posts are on track to be completed on time to the equivalent of a six-star Australian energy rating.