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Dubai Expo 2020 ‘closely monitoring’ coronavirus situation.

Organisers say they are hopeful that global efforts will succeed in managing the virus.

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.”

Several events have so far been cancelled or postponed over fears of the coronavirus, which is continuing to spread across the world.

Locally, the Dubai International Boat Show, Dubai Lynx as well as Dubai’s Gov Games 2020 have been postponed, while the last leg of the UAE Tour cycling competition was cancelled after two members of the Italian technical team tested positive for the virus.

Globally, discussions are also reportedly underway about whether to continue with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, scheduled to begin in late July.

According to some reports, organisers are even mulling the possibility of holding it behind closed doors and broadcasting it live on TV.

While the World Health Organisation has not yet declared the outbreak a ‘pandemic’, the death toll from the virus has crossed 4,900, while the number of cases stands at more than 134,000 (updated figures as of March 13).

“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.”

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Last I thought, it's not to show how the *event* is sustainable, but the lessons overall on how to develop, build, and integrate more sustainable solutions for the future, past the event. Of course huge paved parking lots are bad but for now, that is the solution to parking in most areas of the world (or deck garages).
 

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An important update from Expo 2020 Dubai.

A message from Expo 2020 Dubai
A Message from Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai and the continued impact of COVID-19
We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable.
Over the last several weeks, we have been working hard, both internally and in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, to review the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai.
These are extraordinary times and we, in common with our other stakeholders, expect to experience many challenges over the months to come.
We remain firm in our collective aim to deliver an Expo that is true to its time and to our shared, urgent priorities. But it is clear that this is not the right time.
While everyone involved in Expo 2020 Dubai remains firmly committed, many countries have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and they have expressed a need to postpone Expo’s opening by one year, while they focus on overcoming this challenge.
In a spirit of solidarity and unity, we support the proposal to explore a one-year postponement made by the Steering Committee meeting. We will follow the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) processes on making the decision to delay Expo 2020 Dubai. The BIE will now work with its Member States and Expo 2020 Dubai to establish a change in dates.
A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIE's General Assembly. Article 28 of the BIE Convention stipulates that a change of dates requires a two-thirds majority vote from the BIE Member States.
We have always aimed to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world. We believe that now, more than ever, humanity needs to come together to remember what unites us.
That remains the shared ambition of all of us involved in this Expo. This is not a cancellation, but we must also play our part in keeping everybody involved healthy and well.
Stay home. Stay safe.
And we will share further updates with you when we are able to.
Visit expo2020dubai.com/en/expo-covid-19 to learn more.
 

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I had planned to visit the Middle East by the end of the year. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Amman and Beirut, including the Expo and NYE in Dubai. Everything is on hold as the future is pretty uncertain at the moment.
 
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