DUBAI: UAE-based facilities management (FM) company Farnek has secured contracts for eight national pavilions at the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Worth 16.7 million dirhams ($4.5 million), the FM contracts were awarded by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Morocco, Pakistan, China, Switzerland, Singapore, and the Philippines.
The deal includes services such as cleaning, pest control, operational support and facility integration services.
Farnek signed the biggest FM contract with Saudi Arabia, which has the second largest pavilion, at more than 13,000 square meters, at the global event in October.
“The Saudi Arabian pavilion presents us with a unique challenge, which simply put is its sheer scale,” Markus Oberlin, CEO of Farnek, said in a statement.
“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,” he said.
Another major contract signed was with China, where about 80 personnel will be deployed to cover security, cleaning and pest control at the pavilion.
The Swiss-owned company earlier signed an FM contract with Expo organizers to provide service to one of the site’s specialized districts.
Its subsidiary, Farnek Hospitality, was also chosen to manage the new apartments in Expo Village.