The officials of the Dubai Expo 2020 informed that at least three workers have died and over 70 were seriously injured while working at the Expo site. However, they mentioned that the safety standards were ‘world-class’. This is the first time, Dubai Expo is revealing statistics for worker fatalities.
In a statement released by the organisers, it was rectified that the number of casualties is three instead of five. Justifying their safety measures, the organisers mentioned that world-class policies, standards, and processes were taken care of. “We have established world-class policies, standards, and processes that protect and support the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone involved in Expo 2020 Dubai,” the statement added.
The numbers came to the headlines after the European Parliament criticised the United Arab Emirates’ human rights record and ‘brutal’ practices towards immigrant labourers. It also called for a boycott of the six-month-long world fair. Responding to it, the organisers claimed that 247 million work hours had been completed at the site and the frequency of accidents was lower than Britain’s.
Meanwhile, France clarified that it was not part of the European Parliament’s resolution. The French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the relation shared between UAE and France is a ‘strategic one’.
Sources revealed that more than 2 lakh workers were involved in the construction of the huge site on the outskirts of Dubai. The site features hundreds of pavilions and other facilities on a showground twice the size of Monaco. However, the incident drew much criticism from human rights activists over the poor treatment of the low-paid migrant laborers from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.