In this issue:

  • Breakfast with NZ Business Council Chairman in Dubai, Andrew Perrier, 24 May 2019, AKL.
  • New Zealand breaks ground for Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion.

  • NZMEBC to embark on Social Media Strategy.
  • HOMs meeting scheduled for 2020.
  • Special Benefits for NZMEBC Members. 


Breakfast with NZ Business Council Chairman in Dubai, Andrew Perrier, 24 May 2019, AKL

The first official meeting of the UAE based New Zealand Business Council was held on 1 May at the Montgomerie Golf Club and Resort, in Dubai. NZ Business Council Chairman, Andrew Perrier, has agreed to brief NZMEBC members on the new Dubai entity at a special Auckland briefing on Friday 24 May, 7.30 am, at Emirates, Level 8, 45 Queen St.The new Dubai Council has been established as a formal chapter of the NZMEBC and has been offically recognised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. It will assist New Zealand businesses seeking to develop local contacts in Dubai.

The Council’s Dubai inauguration saw several important guests join the 50 business people in attendance, including NZ’s Ambassador to the UAE, Matthew Hawkins, NZTE Regional Director Tony Martin and President Group Services and dnata for Emirates, Gary Chapman, plus a number of New Zealand business people based in Abu Dhabi.

Chairman of the new Council, Andrew Perrier, will be in New Zealand next week and will brief NZMEBC members on how the NZ Business Council will operate in Dubai and how NZMEBC members can be involved.

To attend this special one-off briefing please RSVP to or call Michelle on 021-940884.

There is no charge to attend this event for paid up members of the NZMEBC.


New Zealand breaks ground for Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion

Construction on the New Zealand Pavillion for Expo 2020 Dubai has begun with a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the occasion.

The pavilion will showcase New Zealand’s culture and values through the theme Care for People and Place, which explores the connection between people and the environment.

Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand’s Commissioner-General to Expo 2020 and Matthew Hawkins, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, took shovels and broke ground on the site alongside Expo 2020 representatives Najeeb Al Ali, Executive Director Bureau, and Maha Al Gargawi, Vice President International Participants.

“The ground-breaking and start of construction is a major milestone for New Zealand at Expo 2020, and we are pleased to be one of the first countries to begin building on site” says Commissioner-General Clayton Kimpton.

The pavilion is located in the Expo’s Sustainability District.

“We’re really excited to share our pavilion story with the international community.  Our theme, Care for People and Place, will be part of the visitor experience and continue in the pavilion restaurant, where patrons can experience our warm hospitality and enjoy food that has been grown and prepared with future generations in mind.”

“The pavilion will also have event and hospitality spaces that New Zealand business, education and government sectors can book to use throughout the World Expo.”

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the largest World Expo held with more than 190 countries confirmed to participate.  The six-month event is expected to attract millions of international visitors including representatives from government and business, school students and tourists.

The pavilion is designed by New Zealand architect firm Jasmax.  The construction company Cimolai Rimond Middle East will perform the enabling and foundation works for the pavilion.

Prior to any works, last month a Māori karakia (cultural blessing) was performed on site to prepare it for the building processes.

Construction is expected to be complete by the middle of next year, ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai opening in October 2020.


NZMEBC to embark on Social Media Strategy

NZMEBC is about to embark on a social media strategy and is seeking content contributions from Members of the Council.  

This will involve regular updates on LinkedIn, and where appropriate, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Content suggestions should be sent to


HOMs meeting scheduled for 2020

A number of members have asked when will be the next visit by all Heads of Mission, when we traditionally hold an event with all Ambassadors from the Middle East region.   

MFAT has advised that this is traditionally an event that occurs every two years and will be held next year, with no month decided yet.


Special Benefits for NZMEBC Members

embers are reminded that special flight concessions are available to members from Emirates, the Council’s major sponsor, for all NZMEBC members.

These rates may be accessed by contacting Simon Urbahn of Business World Travel, contact details for Simon are:

Phone: 09 529 3700


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