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Expo 2020: Omicron will not dampen visitor numbers

Exhibitions Dubai 24 Jan 22
Expo 2020: Omicron will not dampen visitor numbers
Omicron will not dampen Expo 2020 visitor numbers, says a top official at the world fair.
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Dubai , Dubai
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Dubai
Start Time
24 January 2022, 12:00 AM
End Time
31 January 2022, 12:00 AM

The rise of Omicron cases across the world will not affect visitor numbers to Expo 2020 Dubai, a top official has said.

Organisers remain vigilant to ensure a safe experience until the last day of the fair. In fact, the second half is expected to attract even bigger crowds to the mega event that already clocked 10 million visitors in three months, said Sconaid McGeachin, senior vice-president of communications at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“We are never relaxed (about safety protocols), and we are very vigilant and listening to safety advices by DHA, and ministry and the WHO guidelines,” she said in an interview.

“Typically, the BIE advice with the Expos is that numbers will ramp in the second half of the Expo as people realise that time is running out,” she said, adding that travel uncertainties due to the pandemic still make it “difficult to predict.”

Looking back on the overwhelming response for Expo 2020, which officially opened its doors on October 1, 2021, McGeachin said “it has been remarkable.”


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