Dubai's Expo 2020 reveals 3 worker deaths from COVID-19

A worker talks on the phone by an installation honoring the foreign laborers who built Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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A worker talks on the phone by an installation honoring the foreign laborers who built Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Dubai’s Expo 2020 has acknowledged for the first time that three workers died from the coronavirus over the course of building the world’s fair during the pandemic, as the prestigious event draws scrutiny of labor conditions in the United Arab Emirates

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's Expo 2020 acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that three workers had died from the coronavirus over the course of building the world's fair during the pandemic, as the prestigious event draws scrutiny of labor conditions in the United Arab Emirates.

When asked at a press conference about deaths among Expo's vast foreign workforce, spokesperson Sconaid McGeachin said three workers had died from the virus in addition to three from construction incidents, without specifying when. She declined to describe the extent of the coronavirus outbreak among workers on site.

McGeachin again claimed the information about worker casualties was previously available, without elaborating. However, authorities in the run-up to the $7 billion fair did not provide any overall statistics for worker fatalities, injuries or coronavirus infections despite repeated requests from The Associated Press and other journalists.

The statement comes a day after Expo offered conflicting reports about how many workers had died in industrial incidents on site, before settling on three.

The UAE long has faced criticism from human rights activists over its poor treatment of the legions of low-paid migrant laborers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East who power the country's economy. Dubai has gambled billions on its elaborate World Expo, hoping to make it a huge tourist attraction and symbol of the country's allure.

But problems have emerged. The European Parliament last month urged nations not to take part in Expo, citing the UAE’s “inhumane practices against foreign workers” that it said worsened during the pandemic.

To pay tribute to the thousands of workers who toiled to build the fairgrounds from scratch, Expo features a worker's monument, nestled between a performance stage and a popular Dubai bar chain.

Scores of somber stone columns jut up from the ground, wrapped with an incised roll call listing names of Expo laborers. The installation remains largely unmarked, save for a small plaque that reads: “Expo 2020 Dubai dedicates this monument to all our brothers and sisters who built the site.”

On Sunday, maintenance workers in bright orange vests knelt beside the stones, squinting and searching for names. When asked what they thought about the monument, the workers said they'd been repeatedly instructed by Expo authorities to direct all reporters who asked them questions to the event's official media center.

The global extravaganza also has renewed criticism from human rights groups of the UAE's restrictions on free expression.

At a press conference Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian answered a question about the European Parliament's concerns over labor abuses in the UAE, saying that France would not join the Parliament's call for an Expo boycott and instead raise any potential issues with Emirati authorities “behind closed doors.” However, the sensitive exchange was inexplicably missing from Expo's official transcript of the news conference, raising concerns about transparency at the site.

“I will look into that,” said McGeachin when asked about the omission. “I would like to say that this is an oversight.”

Meanwhile, Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni flew in to tour his nation’s pavilion at Expo. He called the Emirati effort to build the Expo village “a challenge to the Africans” as the UAE had “turned a desert into a center of affluence.”

“Yesterday when I arrived, they took me for COVID test,” he said. “In Africa, sometimes we say, ‘Big people should not be checked.’”

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Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.

A worker walks through an installation honoring the foreign laborers who built Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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A worker walks through an installation honoring the foreign laborers who built Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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A worker walks through an installation honoring the foreign laborers who built Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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A worker walks through an installation honoring the foreign laborers who built Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Expo spokesperson Sconaid McGeachin listens to a question from a journalist at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that three workers on site had died from the coronavirus over the course building the world's fair during the pandemic, as the prestigious event draws scrutiny over labor conditions there. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Expo spokesperson Sconaid McGeachin listens to a question from a journalist at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 acknowledged for the first time on Sunday that three workers on site had died from the coronavirus over the course building the world's fair during the pandemic, as the prestigious event draws scrutiny over labor conditions there. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Workers take a break near the Hungary pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Workers take a break near the Hungary pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Workers clean an area at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Workers clean an area at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Dubai's Expo 2020 on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, offered conflicting figures for how many workers had been killed on site during construction of the massive world's fair, first saying five and then later three. In a later statement, Expo apologized and described the initial figure as a "mistake." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, talks during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, talks during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, talks during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, talks during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, second right, leaves the stage as he is followed by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, second right, leaves the stage as he is followed by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, walks to his seat after he made a speech during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, walks to his seat after he made a speech during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Dancers perform during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Dancers perform during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, attends a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, attends a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Dancers perform during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Dancers perform during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, talks during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, talks during a ceremony celebrating Uganda National Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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A woman experiences the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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A woman experiences the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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An Emirati experiences the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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An Emirati experiences the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Students follow their guide during a visit to the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Students follow their guide during a visit to the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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An image of visitors carrying umbrellas shows on a screen of the Switzerland Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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An image of visitors carrying umbrellas shows on a screen of the Switzerland Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Switzerland Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Switzerland Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Switzerland Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Switzerland Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People enjoy walking in a pool of the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People enjoy walking in a pool of the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People enjoy walking inside a pool of the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People enjoy walking inside a pool of the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Students visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Students visit the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Visitors pass by the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Visitors pass by the Brazil Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Students pass the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Students pass the Chinese Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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The South Korea and Hungary pavilions are seen at sunset at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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The South Korea and Hungary pavilions are seen at sunset at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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The Al Wasl Dome and the Water Feature are seen at sunset at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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The Al Wasl Dome and the Water Feature are seen at sunset at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Dancers from Malaysia's pavilion perform wearing face shields due to the coronavirus at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Dancers from Malaysia's pavilion perform wearing face shields due to the coronavirus at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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An usher awaits guests at Poland's pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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An usher awaits guests at Poland's pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Dancers from Malaysia's pavilion perform wearing face shields due to the coronavirus at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Dancers from Malaysia's pavilion perform wearing face shields due to the coronavirus at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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A dancer from Malaysia's pavilion performs wearing a face shield due to the coronavirus at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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A dancer from Malaysia's pavilion performs wearing a face shield due to the coronavirus at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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A man walks past an art feature of the Philippines' pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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A man walks past an art feature of the Philippines' pavilion at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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Performers from Kazakhstan's pavilion pose for photographs at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Performers from Kazakhstan's pavilion pose for photographs at Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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People visit the UK pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the UK pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Pakistan pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Pakistan pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Pakistan pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Pakistan pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Bahrain pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Bahrain pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Bahrain pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Bahrain pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Bahrain pwldavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Bahrain pwldavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Bahrain pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Bahrain pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the UK pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the UK pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People pass by the Pakistan pavilion, left, and the Bahrain pavilions at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People pass by the Pakistan pavilion, left, and the Bahrain pavilions at the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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People visit the Terra, at the Sustainability Pavilion of the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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People visit the Terra, at the Sustainability Pavilion of the Dubai Expo 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Oct, 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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