Dubai Expo 2020 organisers are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and are hopeful that it will be under control by the time the event begins.
The six-month-long expo starts on October 20, 2020, and runs until April 10, 2021. The first expo to be held in the MENASA region, it will include pavilions from 192 nations, with up to 25 million visits expected during the show.
“The safety and well-being of everyone visiting Expo 2020 Dubai is of paramount importance to us, and we’re working closely with the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention to apply the guidance that they have provided,” an Expo 2020 spokesperson said.
“Expo does not open until October this year, and we will continue to follow the situation closely. We are hopeful that global efforts will succeed in managing the virus.”
While the World Health Organisation has not yet declared the outbreak a ‘pandemic’, the death toll from the virus has crossed 3,000, while the number of cases stands at more than 88,443.
“It’s not either/or,” said WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We must focus on containment while doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic.”