COVID-19 has resulted in a wide reaching array of cancellations this year, the latest being Dubai’s foremost streetwear festival, Sole DXB. Via an Instagram post, the festival’s organizers announced that its ninth edition, which was due to take place in December, will no longer be happening.
“We’re disappointed to be in this position, but we aren’t confident that we can deliver the experience you deserve with the health and safety standards we expect,” read the statement.
With the festival usually drawing in crowds in the tens of thousands from across the region and globe, the decision to cancel it makes sense.
The UAE has had 60,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, and whilst the numbers have slowed down since the peak of the pandemic in March, travel restrictions and strict safety measures are still in place in the Gulf nation.
“While the situation continues to improve on the ground in Dubai, the festival is a collective effort by our community around the world, and we’re ready to wait until they can be a part of it too,” the organizers explained in their statement.
No new date has been announced yet. But in the meantime, the organizers have launched a digital platform where you can catch up with the latest in Sole DXB-approved culture.