Dubai ready to host Expo 2020 despite Covid challenge, says tourism chief

  • Date: 04-Feb-2021
  • Source: Arabian Business
  • Sector:Economy
  • Country:UAE
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Dubai ready to host Expo 2020 despite Covid challenge, says tourism chief

Dubai has a very clear plan on how to deal with Covid-19 and will be ready to receive visitors for the world Expo exhibition this year, a government official said.

“We feel very confident,” Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said in an interview with CNN. “We're going to be ready to make sure that the growth starts this summer and by Expo in the fourth quarter, we look to welcome the world.”

Suspension comes as the UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a further 3,977 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday

The Expo, which Dubai has been preparing for a decade, is meant to be one of the biggest events globally this year and generate billions of dollars for the government. The resurgence of the virus in recent months has complicated the planning.

Daily cases in the United Arab Emirates have quadrupled since November as the country opened up for travel and eased movement restrictions.

The surge forced Dubai to reintroduce curbs on hotels and air travel, and the emirate replaced its top health official last month.

Al Marri, pictured below, blamed the spike on lack of compliance. “When we had a 98-99 percent compliance, we didn't see