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Dubai International Boat Show falls victim as virus fears grow

Organisers say they have postponed the show at Dubai Harbour from March 10-14 to November 24-28

Dubai International Boat Show falls victim as virus fears grow

Dubai International Boat Show, due to be held next week, has fallen victim to the growing threat of the new coronavirus, it was announced on Monday.

Organisers have postponed the show at Dubai Harbour from March 10-14 to November 24-28, adding that the decision had been taken after "much deliberation in consultation with the event’s main participants and industry stakeholders".

Coronavirus cases in the UAE currently total 21.

A statement said: "In light of the evolving global developments around the COVID-19 virus, Dubai World Trade Centre has been closely monitoring the situation, particularly as it pertains to our key stakeholders and participating delegations from around the world across all our upcoming shows.

"Whilst the UAE remains completely safe for travel, and has deployed the strictest medical and hygiene protocols, we fully recognise that for some specific shows, we have a high majority of key participants significant to the event’s programme that are unable to travel due to restrictions in their home country."

It added: "As such, we have been working closely to assure that our clients’ needs are most effectively addressed, and the delivery of strong international participation considered, in these extraordinary times. Bearing this context, the Dubai International Boat Show, the MENA’s largest leisure boating event and one of the world’s most influential gatherings for the global yachting community, is being postponed... and will be located at its new home - Dubai Harbour."

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