Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) will remain closed on January 10 (Friday) ahead of Countdown to Mujib Borsho --celebrating the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman -- which will start from the same day.
Abdur Rauf, deputy director of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and also the fair member, said, "The DITF will remain closed on Friday as the countdown will start from that day."
Mir Shahidul, owner of a leased company in the fair, said, "A large number of people gather in the fair on Friday, a general weekend. So, it will cause a huge loss for us."
He also said the visitors were seen a fewer in number this year. Around four-five thousand visitors visited the fair every day, caused loss for the lease owners.
Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan requested the organisers of the DITF to close it on the day.
The countdown parade will start around 3pm on the day at the old airport where the airplane carrying Bangabandhu landed on his return to an independent Bangladesh in 1972 from Pakistan.