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Dubai to Offer COVID-19 Shots to Country Representatives at Expo 2020

Dubai to Offer COVID-19 Shots to Country Representatives at Expo 2020

Wednesday, 7 April, 2021 - 17:00
In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, Associated Press journalists visit the Sustainability Pavilion at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP)

Dubai will offer COVID-19 vaccines to official representatives of countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, due to be held from October this year to March 2022, the emirate's crown prince said on Wednesday.

Dubai is relying on the global fair, which had been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, to give its economy a boost.

Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al-Maktoum, chairing a meeting of the Dubai Executive Council, directed that vaccines be provided to all official representatives of participating countries "to guarantee a comprehensive, safe and unforgettable experience", Dubai Media Office said.

"Expo 2020 Dubai will be the world's gateway of hope for life returning to normal," he said. "In October, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates will open their arms to the whole world for new horizons of constructive global cooperation."

An estimated 11 million overseas visitors were initially forecast to attend the showpiece of culture, business and technology featuring pavilions from more than 190 countries. It was not clear how many overseas visitors are now expected.

The UAE, which includes Dubai, is among the countries with the world's fastest COVID-19 vaccination programs.

Most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in the Gulf state though social distancing and mask-wearing in public are still required.

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