Omanexpo today announced an agreed decision by all key stakeholders to postpone its flagship event, Oman Design & Build Week in light of the growing difficulties of international travel due the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Oman Design & Build Week, Oman’s biggest building and construction event, will now be held from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2021 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, one year after the originally planned March 30 to April 1 dates.
This proactive move is supported by the Ministry of Health and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).
Ashley Roberts, Portfolio Director and Acting General Manager of Omanexpo, comments, “We have been having regular dialogue with the Ministry of Health, Oman in relation to COVID-19. We as organisers must commend the way that the COVID-19 situation is being very competently controlled in Oman. We must be conscious that many organisations within our community are currently facing difficulties travelling around the world. It is for these travel reasons that Oman Design & Build Week will be postponed until 2021.”
“Whilst we realise that the change in dates may amount to some inconvenience for companies it is paramount to put the health of those due to visit Oman Design & Build Week 2020, and the wider population of Oman, at the centre of this decision. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a situation affecting the globe and it is having an unprecedented impact on businesses around the world, events, are of course part of this due to nature of the large gathering of people that they represent.”
“We believe that the postponement allows for the event to be fully inclusive and it is likely that it will be even better for the communities that they serve,” he concludes.