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Expo 2020 preparations continue despite Covid-19’s threat

Dubai, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The construction of the venue that will host Dubai’s Universal Expo, initially scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed to this year due to the coronavirus, continues despite the threat posed by the pandemic.

“We are highly optimistic and we believe that we are at the stage where hopefully there will be great participation this year and something that we can ensure the health and safety of each individual coming here and also create something meaningful, impactful and interesting for the world,” Mohamed Al Ansaari vice president of Communication Expo2020 told Efe.

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) last year approved a request by the UAE to postpone the event for one year, to be held between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022.

Dubai is still promising that Expo 2020, which has kept its name despite the change in date, will be a “once in the lifetime experience” of six months of celebrations, he added.

Although UAE is one of the world’s leading countries on coronavirus vaccination, the authorities have yet to determine whether the event will be held amid several obstacles in the logistics process, such as the arrival of construction materials and workers.

 “The dynamics in the world are different today, and we have to really work with what is happening. We have to be positive and we have to still work on the processes which work with our international audience. And of course there are guidelines, there are rules and we are governed by the BIE,” he added. EFE-EPA


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