Sheikh Mohammed briefed on Expo 2020 Dubai's Covid-19 preparations

Vice President and Ruler of Dubai praises team managing the world fair

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reviews final preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai with one month to go before the grand opening. Photo: Dubai Government Media Office
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid hosted a meeting with the Supreme Committee for Disaster and Crisis Management in Dubai on Thursday to discuss the country's readiness for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai praised the team responsible for the safety of the event - which also managed the emirate’s response to the pandemic - and said "they were up to the responsibility in the past period".

"We have great expectations from them during the upcoming Expo period, and our national way of dealing with the pandemic was a wise model that balanced health and economic aspects," Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai and the readiness of all local and federal agencies ahead of the event.

Expo 2020 Dubai will open its doors to visitors on October 1 and run for six months. The world fair was delayed for a year by the pandemic, but will now go ahead with additional safety precautions in place, including mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing.

The meeting included a review of all the arrangements in place to protect the health and safety of exhibitors and delegations representing 190 countries, as well the millions of visitors who are set to visit Expo 2020.

The UAE has, in recent months, hosted a number of large-scale in-person events, including Gitex, Arab Health and Arabian Travel Market.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his confidence in the arrangements in place to host a safe global event.

“The UAE has become a unique model to the world in its ability to address different challenges and discover new opportunities," said Sheikh Mohammed.

"The UAE’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak was one that was based on teamwork and effective co-ordination between various teams at the national level."

He said the plans in place to host Expo 2020 will guarantee that it will be a safe and enjoyable event for visitors.

“I’m confident in our teams’ ability to ensure Expo 2020 is held in an environment that embraces the highest global benchmarks of safety and security," said Sheikh Mohammed.

"We have all the technical capabilities, human resources and field measures required to ensure the best atmosphere for our guests.”

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed was presented with the emirate’s strategic pandemic response plans. Currently, Dubai’s screening and vaccination centres are able to conduct 60,000 PCR tests and provide 30,000 vaccine doses daily.

There are also 1,000 field inspectors in Dubai working to ensure all precautionary measures are being implemented. Additionally, there are 2,500 volunteers supporting the emirate’s Covid-19 response plans.

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Updated: September 09, 2021, 4:43 PM