The World Expo, which originally planned to take place in October 2020, has officially been delayed by 12 months.
Expo 2020 Dubai has officially confirmed its new running dates as 1 October, 2021 to 31 March, 2022. Originally planned to start in October 2020, the decision to postpone the mega event was taken after two-thirds majority of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) voted in favour of delaying the next World Expo. The delay will allow participants to safely navigate the impact of Covid-19, as well as the event to focus on new thinking to identify solutions to some of the most pressing 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,” he added.
Expo 2020 Dubai will retain its name, and remain committed to celebrating humanity’s resilience, creativity, culture and innovation.