UAE’s FM service provider Farnek wins contracts for 8 national pavilions in Expo 2020

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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UAE-based leading provider of sustainable and technology-driven total Facilities Management (FM) company Farnek has secured contracts for eight national pavilions, worth $4.55 million at the Expo 2020 event. 

Farnek has secured contracts for pavilions of countries including 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 Saudi Arabia. Spanning at more than 13,000 sq m, it is the second-largest pavilion at Expo 2020, second only to the UAE. Over 130 staff will be deployed to provide cleaning, pest control, operational support and facility integration services.

Commenting on Saudi Pavilion, Mr. Markus Oberlin CEO of Farnek 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.”

Another major contract won by Farnek is for the China pavilion, which 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.  

“Symbolizing hope and a bright future, it is modeled 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,” Mr. Oberlin explained.

The images of the pavilion shows a rectangular, reflective structure that will stand at 27 meters high, the facade opens like a giant window into the future, reflecting a society deeply rooted in its culture with unlimited ambitions. 

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Khaldun Aburok
Director – Business Development

“This is a complex and intelligent structure. The Chinese officials were confident that we understood how smart buildings worked and more importantly how to maintain, clean and secure them. We are currently working closely with Huawei developing smart security solutions tailored to our specific requirements, at our new $54.5 million staff accommodation center, Farnek Village.”  

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 Mr. Oberlin.

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