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Cleaning, Maintenance And Landscaping Companies Sought To Help Keep Expo 2020 Dubai Running Smoothly
(9 September 2017)
Meet the Buyer a key part of Expo’s search for facilities management contractors


 

Expo 2020 Dubai’s next Meet the Buyer event will be the perfect opportunity for companies with expertise in facilities management, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to connect with Expo as it starts its search for potential contractors.

Expo’s Meet the Buyer series aims to connect company representatives with members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Procurement team and its main contractors to help them take advantage of a wide range of opportunities available in the run-up to Expo – including the chance to win a share of the AED 11.5 billion of Expo contracts that will be awarded this year alone.

The next event in the Meet the Buyer series will take place in Dubai on 20 September, just days after Expo’s Procurement team opens a request for information (RFI) for facilities management suppliers, including both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ services, and waste management.

‘Soft’ services include cleaning, litter picking, landscaping and pest control, with ‘hard’ services referring to those performed on equipment, such as air conditioning maintenance, repair works and plumbing.

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The Meet the Buyer event will take place while the RFI period for facilities management is open, offering firms interested in bidding for contracts an opportunity to directly find out about the full facilities management potential at Expo, including immediate and upcoming opportunities.

Attendees will also be able to participate in workshops attended by members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Procurement team.

Companies interested in attending should apply via the website https://ems.expo2020.ae/visitor-registration.php?event_id=Ng. They are also encouraged to sign up to the Expo 2020 Dubai e-Sourcing portal at https://esource.expo2020dubai.ae to keep track of the latest commercial opportunities.

Manal AlBayat, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Integration at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Facilities management is a vital part of putting on a World Expo. Many millions of people will be attending from all over the world and we are looking for firms that can work with us to help ensure that Expo, and the site, runs smoothly.

“Meet the Buyer is a fantastic opportunity for companies, including SMEs, in this sector to find out more and showcase their skills and expertise to members of our Procurement team, so we encourage them to sign up without delay.”

Expo 2020 Dubai is committed to supporting SMEs and tapping into their innovation and agility, with 20 percent of its budget made available to them.

By empowering SMEs and integrating them into the Expo 2020 Dubai supply chain, Expo is ensuring that businesses can take advantage of benefits including long-term job creation and economic growth.

SMEs are a vital part of the UAE economy and contribute 60 per cent of GDP, so Expo is committed to encouraging their growth to build an economically stronger UAE and GCC region, as part of its plans for a lasting economic legacy.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s procurement process ensures SMEs can compete on a level playing field and, so far, more than half of all contracts have been awarded to them.

Measures to support SMEs include the removal of requirements for tender bonds or advanced payment guarantees, a 50 per cent advanced payment to SMEs for goods and materials, as well as a 25 per cent contribution ahead of delivery for services.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It opens on 20 October, 2020 and closes six months later on 10 April, 2021. Many millions of visitors are expected to come and more than 180 countries will participate at the global destination.

Through its overall theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo will be a platform to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration globally. It will be a celebration of ingenuity that gives people a glimpse into the future, guided by its three pillars: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The Meet the Buyer event is the latest Expo initiative to work with businesses before 2020 by facilitating networking through opening its supply chain, encouraging interaction, exchanging ideas, sharing expertise and enabling SMEs to sell and deliver the best solutions.

Companies and individuals interested in finding out more about opportunities for participation in the tender process should register on the Expo 2020 Dubai e-Sourcing portal now at: https://esource.expo2020dubai.ae

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