People visit the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference trade show Tuesday at King Abdullah I Airbase in the Jordanian capital, Amman. SOFEX was shut down after stormy weather hit the city early Thursday, flooding the venue. (Khalil Mazraawi / AFP)
AMMAN JORDAN — The Special Operations Forces Exhibition was shut down after stormy weather hit the city early Thursday, flooding the venue’s Jordanian pavilion.
Organizers said the show, which began on Sunday and was supposed to run through Thursday, will not reopen and warned the public, exhibitors and contractors to steer clear of the facilities.
“The exhibition has been closed after flooding in the Jordan pavilion, power was lost and we decided to shut the exhibition down completely to ensure public safety,” a security official said.
While no damage was reported to any of the exhibitions, emergency services on site helped exhibitors clear their displays and products from the area.
The Middle East’s biggest special operations conference has grown this year, with more than 360 exhibitors from 35 countries — marking a 10 percent increase since 2012.
The collapse is reminiscent of an incident last November at the Dubai Airshow, when a heavy downpour caused the main exhibition hall roof to collapse, flooding the building.
Several years ago at the Paris Air Show, the Airbus chalet collapsed under the weight of rain.