Expo 2020 Dubai may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak
Members of the Expo 2020 Dubai’s Steering Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, 30 March
The organisers of the Expo 2020 Dubai will possibly discuss postponing the opening date of “the world’s greatest show” from its anticipated date of October 20, 2020 to a later date due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).
Although the organisers have not ruled out the October 2020 start yet, several options including a year-long postponement are expected to be discussed during a meeting, the Expo 2020 team confirmed to Construction Week.
Members of the Expo 2020 Dubai’s Steering Committee, including UAE-based officials and representatives of foreign countries, will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, 30 March, 2020.
Approximately 25 million visitors are expected at Expo 2020 Dubai – with more than 70% from outside the UAE.
As it stands, the 173-day Expo is projected to run from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, and will host a variety of architectural displays, from the flagship Al Wasl Plaza and thematic pavilions, to the 192 country pavilions at its 4.38km2 site.
However, the spread of COVID-19 in the UAE, among other countries, has resulted in mandatory precautionary measures such as self-isolation, #StayHome measures, social distancing, quarantines, and travel restrictions, which could potentially affect the Expo 2020 Dubai.
Dubai, which is hosting the Expo 2020, has shut airports to all passenger traffic, with more than 333 cases of COVID-19 reported, including two fatalities.
Expo 2020 Dubai has confirmed that it has fully applied the latest guidance from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Ministry of Health and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, as well as other relevant bodies.
The Expo 2020 Dubai has also carried out a thorough santisation procedure across the site – with DHA approved anti-viral disinfectants – in partnership with Dulsco, ADNH, Emrill, EFS, Farnek, Enova, and Dubai Municipality.