UK Business success stories

The UK has helped across the whole of the Expo site and on wider projects to make this World Expo the best it can be. This has included expertise in infrastructure, architecture, digital and creative solutions. 

UK companies

Grimshaw Architects

Grimshaw Architects won the contract to design the Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Sustainability Pavilion aims to illuminate the ingenuity and possibility of architecture as society looks to intelligent strategies for sustainable future living.

Founded in 1980, the London based firm employs over 600 staff and has global offices in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Melbourne, and Sydney. Their previous projects have included the Eden Project, Waterloo International Railway Station and the UK Pavilion at Expo 1992 in Seville.

Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners won the contract to design the Mobility Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Their winning proposal is a tiered trefoil-shaped building surrounded by an illuminated plaza and will be the platform where the theme of 'Mobility' is explored.

Foster + Partners is an international British firm with its headquarters in London. Their previous work has included the Millennium Bridge, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and London City Hall.

Hopkins Architects

Hopkins Architects have designed the Theme Districts for the Expo 2020 Dubai site. The three 'petal' design is characterised by tree-lined streets and courtyard spaces, featuring a series of dramatic and elegant funnel shaped shade structures, water features and event stages.

Founded in 1976, the London based firm has offices in Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai and Munich. Their previous projects include the Victoria and Albert Museum masterplan, the Royal Academy of Arts and Westminster Underground Station.

Laing O'Rourke

Laing O'Rourke won the £130m contract to build the Leadership and Media Pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai and the 'Hammerhead’ access road to Expo 2020 Dubai's Al Wasl Plaza.

Laing O'Rourke will also deliver landscaping and associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing works at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Laing O'Rourke is an international contruction firm with its headquarters in Dartford, England.

Turner and Townsend

Turner and Townsend won the contract for the delivery of the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed in the shape of a falcon in flight, the UAE Pavilion will tell the history of the nation as a connected global hub, and display the vision of its leaders for the future.

Turner & Townsend is an international professional services company with its headquarters in Leeds, England. 

Asif Khan

British architecture studio Asif Khan has designed the public realm for Expo 2020 Dubai. The project includes the design of the 21 metre tall Entry Portals and over 6km of concources and arrival areas, water features, lighting and furniture.

Asif Khan is a research and development led architecture studio based in London. Previous projects have included the UK Pavilion at Expo 2017 Astana, the Hyundai Pavilion at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics and the Coca-Cola Beatbox at the London 2012 Olympics.

Direct Access

Direct Access are working across the Expo 2020 Dubai site to advise on finish specifications and ancillary aids required to make Expo 2020 fully accessible.

Cheshire based Direct Access is a global firm providing accessibilty services and advice to construction projects, UNESCO world heritage sites and major transport infrastructure. Previous clients include Virgin Trains, Eurostar and London's Gatwick Airport.

Serco Group

Serco Group has won a £140 million contract to operate the Dubai Metro on behalf of the Roads and Transport Authority for Expo 2020.

Hampshire based Serco has been operating the Dubai Metro since its opening in 2009. The expansion for Expo 2020 will result in the Dubai Metro connecting over 50 stations along 90km of track.

Join us in Dubai

We have a fantastic opportunity for UK-based companies or individuals to appear in our programme of activity at Expo 2020 Dubai, with 25 million visits expected, 70% of which will be international.