Expo 2020 Dubai
UAE has been consulting with key UAE and international stakeholders to review the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai. Many of the countries due to participate in Expo 2020 have been significantly impacted by Covid-19, and have sought a delay to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The global situation is fast-moving, and remains unpredictable. Over the last several weeks, we have been consulting with key UAE and international stakeholders to review the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai
Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary-General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), welcomed the Expo 2020 organizers’ approach and the Steering Committee’s recommendations. He said: “The World is facing extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances and we all expect the challenges to continue in the months to come. Today’s agreement by the organizer and the members of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Steering Committee to explore options for a one-year delay to the opening of the World Expo is welcome. In the spirit and in accordance with the Paris Convention of 1928, any decision on the World Expo needs to be collaborative. and agreed upon collectively in a vote of the countries that form the BIE. We will move forward in supervising the process to follow in accordance with the rules and regulations of the BIE Convention.”
According to UAE Statistics, an estimated 11 million overseas visitors were expected to attend the nearly six-month-long showpiece of culture, business, and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries that were due to start in October.
Dubai is expected to announce later on Monday that the event will be pushed back to next year following a meeting between officials from the United Arab Emirates and foreign countries who were set to participate, the statement and sources said.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, infecting over half a million people around the world, and forced countries to close their borders, bringing some industries to a halt. too Sad for the travel industry.
Expo is the last major international event that is still officially scheduled to go ahead this year. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were last week postponed by a year, the first such delay in the 124-year history of the modern Games.
Urgent Travel retain full confidence in the UAE’s ability to host a World Expo that inspires and delights millions when the time is right.