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RFP issued by US government for pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

February 16, 2018 — the US Department of State published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Fundraising, Project Management, Design, Construction, Operation, Disassembly and Removal of a USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Proposals must be submitted on or before April 17, 2018.

Expo 2020 Dubai is a six-month world’s fair taking place October 20, 2020 – April 10, 2021. Read more about Dubai 2020 here.

Access the RFP at this link.

Official statement from the Department of State:

“Today, the Department published a Request for Proposal in the Federal Register (#2018-03116) for the fundraising, project management, design, construction, operation, and disassembly and removal of a USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Expo 2020 Dubai, which will take place October 20, 2020 – April 10, 2021 and coincide with the UAE’s 50th founding anniversary, will be the first Expo (also known as a World’s Fair) to take place in the Middle East, North Africa, or South Asia. It is expected to attract 25 million visitors from the region and around the world. The UAE is the largest export market for U.S. goods and services in the Middle East.

On October 19, 2017, the Secretary informed the UAE Government of the United States’ intention to participate with an official USA Pavilion, contingent upon identification of a viable private sector partner and successful fundraising efforts.

The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, representing the potential of what can be achieved when meaningful collaborations and partnerships are forged. The Expo’s subthemes are Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. The USA Pavilion would emphasize the “Mobility” sub-theme, and the pavilion’s architecture and interior design should communicate American progress, ingenuity, and innovation in social, physical, and mechanical mobility in commerce and the arts.

Over the next two months, the Department’s Expo Unit will hold a series of virtual and in-person information sessions on U.S. participation in Expo 2020 Dubai in Washington, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and Houston. For further information visit the Department’s Expo Unit site ( For more information on Expo 2020 Dubai visit”

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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