3 dead and more than 70 injured at Dubai Expo construction site

3 dead and more than 70 injured at Dubai Expo construction site

3 dead and more than 70 injured at Dubai Expo construction site

Three workers died while more than 70 workers suffered serious injuries while building Dubai’s Expo 2020 site.

These figures reportedly came into the fore after the European Parliament criticised the the United Arab Emirates’ human rights record and “inhumane” practises towards immigrant labourers, and called for a boycott of the six-month world fair.

More than 200,000 workers constructed the huge site on the outskirts of Dubai, which features hundreds of pavilions and other facilities on a showground twice the size of Monaco.

“Unfortunately, there have been three work-related fatalities, 72 serious injuries to date,” an Expo statement said, calling the welfare of labourers its “top priority”.

The UAE is betting the six-month Expo will attract 25 million visits. Visitors entering aged 18 and over must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. There are also testing facilities on site.