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Expo 2020 Dubai Postponed to March 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai illustrated image of the convention center in Dubai
Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States voted in favour of postponing the next World Expo 2020 Dubai by one year.

Expo 2020 has postponed its date due to the global pandemic. The official announcement was made after a two-thirds majority of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States voted in favor of postponing the next World Expo by one year.

As a result, the new dates of Expo 2020 Dubai have officially been moved to 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022. The date change proposal was sent to Bureau International des Exposition after a meeting of the Expo 2020 Dubai steering committee. This decision was made as the participating countries expressed their need to postpone the opening in order to overcome the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We welcome the decision of BIE Member States to support the delay Expo 2020 Dubai by one year. We are thankful to Member States for their continued commitment to contributing to a World Expo in Dubai that will play a pivotal role in shaping our post-pandemic world at a time when it will be most needed.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee

As the member’s voted remotely due to the pandemic on the BIE executive Committee’s recommendation for a delay as proposed by the UAE Government at the beginning of April and recommended by the BIE Executive Committee on April 21.

I applaud the swift response by BIE Member States. Their support for the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai – which will be formally approved on 29 May – is a renewed sign of solidarity, and demonstrates the shared will to work together in ‘creating the future’. “

Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the BIE

Expo 2020 Dubai retains its name and remains committed to hosting an exceptional event that will celebrate humanity’s resilience, creativity, culture and innovation – including major technological advances in the fields of medicine and science. The explore will 192 countries, businesses, multilateral organisations and educational establishments. Multiple Expos scheduled to take place in Dubai has been postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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