One of many events cancelled

Last week, UAE has taken extra measures to ensure it’s efforts in minimising the spread of Coronavirus through the country.

Several events have now be postponed or cancelled, including Giorgio Armani Cruise 2021 show which was scheduled to take place in April. According the official release from the Italian brand, the decision “has been taken as a precautionary measure in order to protect all the industry stakeholders, employees and guests who would be involved in the trip.”


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Last month during Milan Fashion Week, Giorgio Armani showed it’s AW20 collection behind closed doors and livestreamed the runway on the brand’s website, Facebook and Instagram.

Since the number of people diagnosed positive for the virus in the UAE, schools and universities have decided to close for a month, while major events like the Dubai Boat Show and Art Dubai are also on hold.


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Art Dubai postpones 2020 art fair; announcing new Dubai-focused programme in its place. In consideration of the on-going global health implications of the Coronavirus and having consulted with our partners and stakeholders, Art Dubai today announces that the 14th edition of the international art fair, scheduled for 25 – 28th March 2020, will be postponed. . Given the essential role the fair plays in promoting local and regional artists, we have made the decision to stage a programme tailored to the local cultural community instead, including existing fair programme contributors and thought-leaders. . The new format is planned to run on the same dates, and will present events, exhibitions, talks and strands of the existing Art Dubai programme. These will include local and regional gallery presentations, Global Art Forum, Residents and Campus Art Dubai. . The goals and ambitions for this re-configured programme maintain our objective to deliver commercial, institutional and critical engagement with Dubai’s art ecosystem – a commitment of support to our local community that we felt an imperative to uphold. . Further details of the programme will be announced in due course. With Dubai deploying the strictest medical and hygiene protocols, we will welcome international visitors in March, recommending that individuals follow advice from the authorities of their resident countries. . Lastly, we would also like to express our sincere thanks for all the support and understanding we have received from our partners and friends over the past week. Our thoughts are with everyone globally who has been affected by the virus. . Benedict Floyd, CEO Pablo del Val, Artistic Director Chloe Vaitsou, International Director

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Another key fashion event that’s due to take place next month in the city is Fashion Forward Dubai, but there has been no official update on whether it will go ahead or not. For now, follow our latest updates on the status of the Coronavirus in the UAE here.

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