The overseer of the World Expo said today, Friday, that its General Assembly agreed to postpone the Expo 2020 Dubai for a year due to difficulties caused by the Corona virus pandemic, and that the exhibition has become scheduled to start in October 2021.
Earlier this month, the Paris-based International Bureau of Exhibitions said that the majority of the two-thirds of the 170 member countries needed to postpone the Expo had been bypassed. The event is a gathering of business and culture that lasts for approximately six months and takes place every five years.
Office Secretary Dmitry S. said. Kirkkins in a statement, "Although this situation is unprecedented, the reaction of the UAE government and our member states demonstrates the strong bonds that bind us and our shared commitment to presenting a truly comprehensive global Expo." The UAE proposed postponement in March after participating countries requested the postponement to focus on the outbreak of the new kerna virus. The event will continue to be named Expo 2020 Dubai.
The members of the Executive Committee of the exhibition, who were representatives of 12 countries elected by the General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, met to study the change of appointments requested by the government of the Emirates. The submission of this request came after the meeting of the Steering Committee of "Expo 2020 Dubai", on March 30, when participating countries expressed their need to postpone the opening of the international event, in order to overcome the pandemic challenges "Covid-19".
In light of the impossibility of holding the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, member states voted remotely on the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the International Exhibitions Bureau to postpone, as proposed by the government of the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of last April.
Kirkkins said that the response of the government of the United Arab Emirates and member states shows the strength of ties and a common commitment to holding a comprehensive exhibition, pointing out that the difficulties and effects of the pandemic "Covid-19" show the importance of exchanging solutions and coordination.
He added that the world is now looking more than ever to Expo 2020 Dubai to communicate, think and celebrate the future.
Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first international Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and the largest event ever held in the Arab world, with the participation of 192 countries along with companies, international organizations and academic institutions.