Expo 2020 Dubai has announced the decision to postpone will take place on the 21st of April. Upon the agreement by the Steering Committee to inspect options for a postponement, the Bureau of International Expositions has confirmed the decision will be made by the Executive Committee meeting due to the two-thirds majority vote done by the BIE members.
The BIE will consider the change of the date for Expo 2020 Dubai from 1 October 2021 and running to 31 March 2022 since it is formally requested by the government.
The Steering Committee checked the grave concern the great impact of the spread of COVID-19 is having on global public and social health. The members confirmed their understanding with the international community as it checks the situation that has resulted from this unexpected global crisis.
The committee collectively agreed to investigate with the BIE, the World Expo governing body, the possibility of a one year delay to the opening of Expo 2020. The BIE will work with its Member States and Expo 2020 Dubai organizers to establish a change in the date.
UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai stated that the global situation is fast-moving and remains ambiguous. Since then, they are reviewing the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on their plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai.
They also finalized their words that they will follow the BIE processes on deciding to delay the expo. In the light of global challenges, they added humanity needs to come together to remember what unites them and that remains the collective ambition of all involved in this Expo.