March 4, 2020
The organisers recently contacted the exhibitors to gain a sense of whether or not they should proceed with running Paperworld and Gifts & Lifestyle Middle East next week at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The organisers confirmed that the exhibitor’s response was “both swift and definitive.” The overwhelming majority of our exhibitors opting to postpone the show until March 2021.
Earlier today the UAE Ministry of Education announced it will close all schools for the next four weeks as part of ‘preventative and precautionary measures aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.’
The organisers, Messe Frankfurt Middle East commented: “This is a short-term situation requiring our immediate action and is not a decision we have taken lightly nor without full possession of that facts as best we understand them.”
The organiser added: “Our first priority is to the health and well-being of our exhibitors and visitors and we ask for your understanding whilst we manage this process. We remain committed to the show and to this market and over the next few days our teams will be in touch with you to transfer your stand bookings for 2021. We look forward working with you towards a great show next year.”
The next edition of Paperworld Middle East will take place 2 – 4 March 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
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