Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform for Canada to:

Diversify its international markets

Attract international investment

Promote Canadian innovation, tourism and international education

Promote Canadian values, rule of law and gender equality on the world stage

The Canada Pavilion

A symbol of collaboration toward a better future

Embark on an immersive journey through Canada’s past, present and future!

The Canada Pavilion, inspired by Canadian landscapes and Arabic architectural elements, is a symbolic representation of the strong cultural and economic ties between Canada and the UAE.

Discover the values that drive the Canadian spirit of innovation and collaboration.

The Canada Pavilion

UAE & Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai will be a platform to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration globally.  The core theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, with subthemes that guide the journey: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

With Canada

The Government of Canada is in the planning stages of its participation and milestones and activities will be highlighted in the lead-up to this world fair.

Major contracts for the supply and service of Canada’s presence at Expo 2020 will be tendered publically. This may include communications, hosting, and products and services necessary to operate the pavilion.

Business Opportunities

Note: Watch this space for further procurement opportunities.

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With UAE

Gain valuable insights into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). We are Canada’s export experts with the largest network of international trade professionals. TCS services are free for qualifying companies. When you are ready, a trade commissioner can help you assess your potential and connect you with qualified contacts.

  • 60 + Trade Commissioners serving the Middle East and North Africa region
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at Expo 2020

The objective of Expo 2020 Dubai is to advance new thinking that will have an effective and lasting impact in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) and the wider world.

There are several exciting ways to get involved in Expo 2020 Dubai. Check out the participant page to learn about funding programs, volunteer opportunities, the Expo School Programme, or global conversation sessions, to name a few examples.

Explore the ways you can participate.

Canada’s Successes at International Expositions

Expo 2020 Dubai is an international exposition sanctioned by the Paris-based Bureau of International Exhibitions. Participating at this Expo will position Canada as:

A leader in innovation and sustainability: through its people, its research and design, its incubators, its superclusters and its global partnerships

A destination of choice for study, tourism, business, investment and immigration

A global leader, innovator and ally with solutions to offer the world in many spheres: free trade, human rights, gender equality, international security, migration, diversity, sustainable development, and food and water security

Canada’s Expo History

International Expositions have taken place since the first one held in 1851 in Hyde Park, London. Canada has successfully hosted two Expos, Expo ’67 in Montreal and Expo ’86 in Vancouver, and has participated in several world fairs, including mostly recently Expo ’05 in Aichi, Japan and Expo ’10 in Shanghai, China.


The Great Exhibition in London

May 1 – October 11, 1851

One of the core objectives for Britain was to tell the story of the achievements after the Industrial Revolution. The Great Exhibition was enormously influential on the development of many aspects of society including art and design, education, international trade and relations, and even tourism. Canada’s participation at the first two great international exhibitions of the nineteenth century, the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace in 1851 and the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855, brought together issues and concerns that spanned the full range of the colony’s developing innovation.


Expo ‘67 Montréal, Québec

April 27 – October 29, 1967

Canada captured the hearts and minds of the world with the theme “Man and His World” and was celebrated as hosts of one of the most successful world fair of the 20th century with 62 participating countries. The fair coincided with Canada’s centennial year and produced numerous lasting legacies, including: The Port of Montréal (one of the largest deep sea ports in North America), a vibrant waterfront filled with shops, world-class restaurants and downtown living accommodations, as well as top-tier film and animation studios – a recognized top tier animation hub.


Expo ‘86 Vancouver, British Columbia

May 2 – October 13, 1986

Canada once again captured the world’s attention by hosting the 1986 Specialised Expo in Vancouver under the theme “World in Motion – World in Touch”. A total of 54 countries participated and Vancouver welcomed more than 22 million visitors, almost double the predicted 13 million. Expo ‘86 left Vancouver with many lasting legacies, including a deep sea port, a SkyTrain, Science World, BC Place Stadium, Canada Place and a world class trade and convention centre. In 2019, it still stands as the last world fair to be held in North America. The success, beauty and accessibility of Vancouver not only provided pride and confidence to the region, but it also helped pave the way for Canada to host the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.