DUBAI – Expo 2020 Dubai is likely to be postponed for one year, a move proposed by the event’s steering committee after several countries notified the organisers that the fight against COVID-19 required most of their resources.
The UAE said it supported the proposal to explore a one-year postponement for Expo 2020 Dubai which must be sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) member states at their General Assembly.
The event was due to be held from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
“We remain firm in our collective aim to deliver an Expo that is true to its time and to our shared, urgent priorities. But it is clear that this is not the right time,” UAE and Expo organisers said in a statement.
“We have always aimed to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world. We believe that now, more than ever, humanity needs to come together to remember what unites us.
“That remains the shared ambition of all of us involved in this Expo. This is not a cancellation, but we must also play our part in keeping everybody involved healthy and well.”