Organisers of the Expo 2020 Dubai, the global trade fair that is set to take place this October, said on Sunday that they will “reassess and readjust” preparations for the show due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, organisers made no indication as to whether the Expo will be postponed or cancelled.
The six-month-long Expo, which is slated to be held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, is expected to attract about 25 million visitors.
“As we continue to prepare for this event, we will reassess and adjust planned preparations, as changing circumstances require,” organisers said in a statement.
“Expo 2020 Dubai is closely monitoring ongoing developments and taking all sensible precautions to manage and mitigate the risk to everyone involved in the Expo.”
The announcement comes as governments around the world step up precautionary measures to combat the virus outbreak. Already, the UAE has greatly restricted travel, as well as shut schools, universities and several public venues as the pandemic sweeps the globe.
Dubai, which hosts hundreds of conferences, cultural and entertainment events annually, has scraped a string of events in recent weeks, including the Dubai World Cup horse race and the Arabian Travel Market expo.
The United Arab Emirates on Friday announced its first two deaths from the Covid-19 disease, having reported more than 150 infections to date.