Expo 2020 Dubai proposes new dates

In response to the ongoing, global Covid-19 outbreak, Expo 2020 Dubai will be postponed until 2021.

In response to the ongoing, global Covid-19 pandemic, the UAE government has proposed new dates for the World Expo. Originally meant to start on 20 October, 2020, the UAE has suggested pushing it to 1 October 2021, giving it an extra 12 months.

The move to delay the World Expo joins other international events in postponing or cancelling their schedules for 2020, including the Olympics and international design fairs, from Milan to Dubai.

With the new dates, the six-month fair would run until 31 March, 2021.

The Bureau International des Expositions, the intergovernmental organisation that oversees and regulates world expos, will review the proposition made by UAE officials, and will announce its final decision on 21 April, 2020.

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to feature many pavilions and designs by some of the world’s most known architecture firms, including Hopkins Architects, Santiago Calatrava and Foster + Partners. It is expected to draw in 25 million visitors, with only 30 percent estimated to come from the UAE.