Farnek wins FM contracts for Expo 2020 national pavilions

The company secured contracts for eight national pavilions

Expo 2020 Dubai is being touted as a mega exhibition, expected to attract 25 million visits, when it opens in October this year. Image Courtesy: WAM

Expo 2020 Dubai is being touted as a mega exhibition, expected to attract 25 million visits, when it opens in October this year. Image Courtesy: WAM

Leading UAE-based smart and green facilities management (FM) company Farnek, has secured contracts for eight national pavilions, worth AED16.7 million at Expo 2020 event.

These countries include China, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Singapore, The Philippines, Bahrain, Morocco and Pakistan.

Announcing the contract wins, Farnek said the largest contract of the eight is for the Saudi Arabian pavilion.

Spanning at over 13,000 sq m, it is the second largest pavilion at Expo 2020, second only to the UAE.
More than 130 staff will be deployed to provide cleaning, pest control, operational support and facility integration services.

CEO Markus Oberlin said: "The Saudi Arabian pavilion presents us with a unique challenge which simply put is its sheer scale. During the six-month Expo 2020, it will be open to the public for up to 16 hours per day, which will require a dedicated team of over 130 technical and cleaning staff, working shifts throughout the show."

The China pavilion is also another major contract win, that will require over 80 staff covering security, cleaning and pest control.

"The China Pavilion will also be one of the largest at Expo 2020 Dubai, measuring over 4,600 sq m. Symbolising hope and a bright future, it is modelled on a traditional lantern with architecture that references ancient Chinese innovations. Like a wall inspired by fluent printing technology, which turns into a dazzling digital light show at night," he explained.

Images of the pavilion reveal an impressive rectangular, reflective structure that will stand at an angle and will cover a space larger than two football pitches.

Soaring 27 metres into the sky, the facade opens like a gigantic window into the future, reflecting a society deeply rooted in its culture with unlimited ambitions.

"This is a complex and intelligent structure," remarked Khaldun Aburok, Farnek’s Director of Business Development.

"And Chinese officials were confident that we understood how smart buildings worked and more importantly how to maintain, clean and secure them," he stated.

"We are currently working closely with Huawei developing smart security solutions tailored to our specific requirements, at our new AED200 million staff accommodation centre – Farnek Village," added Aburok.

Considering that Farnek is 100% Swiss owned and managed, it will come as no surprise to learn that
Farnek has also won the FM contract for the Swiss pavilion.

Based on tradition and innovation, this is another technically advanced marquee, where visitors can take a virtual hike through the Swiss countryside, it has a restaurant serving Swiss specialties and it’s expecting 15,000 visitors per day.

"The challenge with the Swiss pavilion was high footfall, understanding their technology and managing the highest standards of cleanliness for the restaurant as well as the high traffic areas," said Oberlin.

"Switzerland is in our DNA – quite literally in many cases and so we had an in-depth understanding of their requirements and we have allocated more than 30 technicians to manage this diverse and innovative pavilion," added Oberlin.-TradeArabia News Service

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