The member states of the International Exhibitions Bureau (IEB) voted by a two-thirds majority in favor of postponing the next universal exhibition, Expo 2020 Dubai, by one year, which will therefore have to be held from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
The postponement of this mega global event will allow member countries to better devote themselves to managing the impact of COVID-19, but also to the World Expo to focus on the collective desire to draw a new vision and identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
On this occasion, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of Emirates Group, and president of the High Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed the “decision of the member states of the IEB to support the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai for a year”.
“We are grateful to Member States for their constant commitment to contribute to a universal exhibition in Dubai which will play a central role in shaping our post-pandemic world at a time when it is most needed,” he said.
He added: “For the past 50 years, we have sought to build bridges, connections and partnerships around the world because we believe in true collaboration to protect the future of all. This fast and overwhelming vote reflects the strength of our international partnerships, but also the importance of the role that the UAE and Dubai play internationally.”
As a reminder, Expo 2020 Dubai retains its name and remains committed to hosting an exceptional event that will celebrate the resilience, creativity, culture and innovation of humanity – including major technological advances in the fields of medicine and science.
The first global exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), and the largest event ever held in the Arab world, Expo 2020 will host 192 countries, as well as businesses and multilateral organizations.