More than 1,000 employees of Expo 2020 Dubai and their families are expected to receive the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, approved by UAE health authorities and already in widespread use across the country.

The vaccination program is being administered at a dedicated hub on-site, in collaboration with Al Tadawi Medical Centre.

Part of Expo’s wider commitment to the health and well-being of its workforce, it follows the opening of mass testing facilities on-site in April 2020 and has intensified Expo’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of everyone at Expo 2020, including workforce, suppliers, third-party contractors, participants, and visitors.

Al Wasl Plaza
Photo: Al Wasl Plaza

In line with the latest guidance from the Dubai Health Authority and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, Expo has implemented a number of precautionary measures to manage and mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

These include capacity restrictions, thermal cameras at all arrival points, social distancing, mandatory mask-wearing, and hand sanitizer stations positioned across the site. Expo 2020 management is also using the Abbott Now Rapid nasopharyngeal molecular test for its F&B operators as well as workforce and volunteers.

Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Human Resources Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said:

“The health and safety of everyone at Expo 2020, including our workforce, suppliers and contractors, participants and visitors, has always been a key priority in our planning and operations. The global health challenges of the last 12 months have put this into even sharper focus.“

Emma Seymour, Vice President of Worker Welfare, Expo 2020 Dubai, commented:

“Our highest priority remains ensuring that the people working behind the scenes to turn the UAE’s vision for Expo 2020 into reality continue to be safe and healthy. Our Better Together strategy drives our approach to worker welfare and health and safety on-site and is based on the principles of care, respect, and pride.“

Welcoming more than 200 participating nations and organizations and millions of visitors, Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase the best in human imagination, innovation, and ingenuity. Running across 182 days from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, it will offer unmissable and unforgettable experiences that will entertain and inspire people from around the world.