According to the organizers of the Expo 2020 global trade fair, due to launch in Dubai in October this year, they plan to “reassess” and “adjust” preparations owing to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Dubai has to its credit, the most diversified economy in the Gulf, and will be hosting the six-month long Expo.
Meanwhile Reuters news agency reported that ‘Expo 2020 Dubai may be delayed by up to a year.’
Organizers estimate that 11 million overseas visitors will attend the event, billed as a showpiece of culture, business and technology with pavilions from 192 countries plus concerts and other events.
The Expo 2020 steering committee, comprising of officials from the United Arab Emirates and foreign countries participating in the event, are expected to recommend a delay when they meet virtually this week.
Dubai is generally popular for hosting several hundreds of annual conferences every year, but, lately, the emirate has scrapped several cultural and entertainment events in recent weeks, but, has not announced any plans to postpone the much-anticipated Expo.
A final, binding decision would be made at a later meeting of member states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which awards the event, though it is expected they would go against the recommendation from BIE.