The team behind the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai event have sent a message of support and reassurance to the people of the UAE and the world.
H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai said: “As hosts of the next World Expo, due to open in seven months’ time, we always knew that 2020 was going to be demanding. What we could not predict is that we would be doing so in the midst of the biggest global health crisis in generations. These are difficult, uncertain times, which makes it even more heartening to see communities around the world facing this challenge together and to witness the incredible resilience of the human spirit against a menace that does not recognise international borders or timelines. 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.”
She continued: “Our immediate priority is the health and well-being of everyone involved in Expo 2020 Dubai, and this will not be compromised. Our monitoring of ongoing developments means we will take all sensible precautions to manage and mitigate risk to all those involved.”
Country representatives recently took part in a virtual meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the preparations for Expo 2020. In Expo 2020’s statement it highlighted that the UAE has taken a number of measures to control the spread of COVID-19 and Expo 2020 has fully complied with the latest guidance from the Dubai Health Authority, the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the World Health Organisation.
Dimitri Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) added: “We continue working with the organisers and are confident in the steps that the UAE has taken to manage the spread of the virus and protect all those involved in the Expo. 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.”Named ‘The World’s Greatest Show’, Expo 2020 will take place from October 20 2020 to April 10 2021, expecting to see more than 25 million visitors, 70% of which will be from outside the UAE.