Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to open the fair at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center on New Year’s Day on Saturday, said Iftekhar Ahmed, secretary of the fair organizer’s Export Promotion Office.
With the number of coronavirus cases increasing at a record rate around the world, the fair has this time been halved with 225 stands and pavilions.
On the old site of Shere-e-Bangla Nagar, the fair was held in the open, but the new site is closed. There will be no space for children’s rides. Iftekhar said sufficient space would be reserved for visitors to rest. There will also be food stores.
Ticket prices have remained unchanged at Tk 40 for adults and Tk 20 for children.
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation will provide 30 buses to transport visitors to and from various locations in the city.
Fewer foreign companies will attend the show this year from Turkey, India and South Korea. No Iranian company will join the fair.
Authorities had planned to hold the DITF in January 2021 at the new location, but it was not prepared on time. In addition, the pandemic situation did not allow the event to take place.
The fair was postponed to March 2021, when the nation celebrated the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of his independence. He has been suspended again due to the second wave of coronavirus cases caused by the delta variant.
The Dhaka International Trade Fair has been held 25 times, starting in 1995 on the ground behind the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Sher-E-Bangla Nagar.
Drawing huge crowds, the fair always causes big traffic jams in Dhaka. To avoid civic nuisance, the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center was built in Purbachal, a short distance from the heart of the capital, to host the fair and similar events.