Trade Shows and EventsPreparations are proceeding for the October event, organisers finalising detailed plans to manage Covid-19 disruption

Expo 2020 Dubai still on, health a priority

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As of now, 192 countries are taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai.
As of now, 192 countries are taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai. Photo Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI – Preparations are proceeding for Expo 2020 Dubai, with organisers finalising detailed plans to manage the impact of Covid-19’s disruption before the event launches in October.

As of now, 192 countries are taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai, with 25 million visitors in attendance.

Nonetheless, the immediate priority remains the health and wellbeing of attendees and exhibitors involved in the Expo, where the event committee has fully adhered to the latest guidelines from all relevant bodies such as the World Health Organisation and Dubai Health Authority.

"Our monitoring of ongoing developments means we will take all sensible precautions to manage and mitigate risk to all those involved,” said Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general, Expo 2020 Dubai.

While acknowledging that the Covid-19 outbreak was not something they could predict, the director general shared that ongoing virtual meetings with representatives of countries taking part in Expo 2020 are still going on, to “reassure them on the measures that we have put into place in the UAE, to listen to their issues, and to look for ways that we can provide tangible, meaningful support at this difficult time”.

“World Expos are intended to be celebrations of our collective endeavour and achievement as humanity, and these times call for our solidarity and unity more than ever.”

Responding favourably to the event committee’s initiative, Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions adds that "Expo 2020 Dubai’s pragmatic approach offers both reassurance and assistance to those who need it, and will, I believe, contribute to the successful delivery of this mega event”.

As of now, 192 countries are taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai, with 25 million visitors in attendance.

One highlight to note is the massive $5 billion Heart of Europe project on The World Islands. The first phase will feature three islands: Sweden, Germany and Honeymoon Islands. This includes 78 floating Seahorse Villas (floating homes with underwater views) – where the first nine have already been pushed into place onto the seabed.

The heart-shaped Honeymoon Island, and Portafino Hotel on Europe Island, are right now being built and readied for handover in Q4 2020.

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