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Middle East Newsletter: Dubai Expo Demands Covid Jabs

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - AUGUST 10: A man waits for his Covid results after being tested at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - AUGUST 10: A man waits for his Covid results after being tested at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border.

Photographer: Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe

Visitors to Dubai’s World Expo will need to provide Covid-19 vaccination certificates or test negative to enter the event, after organizers backtracked on earlier rules that didn’t require inoculations. 


Expo 2020 officials made the announcement on Wednesday, days after saying those who were unvaccinated or untested could attend. The move may be a harbinger of how major global events will be run in the coming months.

The Expo is set to be one of the world’s biggest in-person events since the coronavirus pandemic began and is expected to attract 25 million people over six months. It begins on Oct. 1, following a year-long delay.

Meantime, Abu Dhabi has abolished a requirement for visitors coming from other parts of the United Arab Emirates to show a negative Covid-19 test. The changes, effective from Sunday, come after the coronavirus infection rate in the UAE capital fell to 0.2% of total tests.