expo 2020 dubai has been officially postponed with the global mega event now running from 1 october 2021 to 31 march 2022. the decision has been taken after two-thirds majority of the bureau international des expositions (BIE) voted in favor of delaying the next world expo by one year. the delay allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19 and for the event to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
‘we welcome the decision of BIE member states to support the delay of expo 2020 dubai by one year,’ said 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.‘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.’
‘over the last 50 years, we have sought to build bridges, connections, and partnerships around the world because we believe in genuine collaboration to safeguard the future of all. this swift and overwhelming vote reflects the strength of our international partnerships and truly reflects the positive role the UAE and dubai play with all countries around the world.’
‘this affirmation by the international community of dubai’s offering and its ability to deliver, further strengthens our commitment to matching ambition with achievement to hosting an event that will capture the world’s imagination, when the time is right,’ he concludes.
expo 2020 dubai will retain its name and says to remain committed to hosting the event that will celebrate humanity’s resilience, creativity, culture and innovation. ‘I applaud the swift response by BIE member states,’ comments dimitri s. kerkentzes, secretary general of the BIE. ‘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’.
‘in their support for the one-year postponement of expo 2020 dubai, member states of the BIE are giving the world the opportunity to reconvene in 2021, when together, we can address the challenges facing humanity and celebrate the unity and solidarity that strengthen us. with its theme ‘connecting minds, creating the tuture’, expo 2020 dubai will offer the world a unique platform to share the lessons, solutions and ideas for a better tomorrow.’