Dubai Expo 2020 organisers are vouching for a year delay in the event. In the wake of Covid-19 epidemic, this announcement came on Monday 30th March 2020 after a virtual meeting amongst official of UAE and other country representatives. Director-General for Expo 2020 said in a statement, “Many countries have been impacted by the Covid-19 and have therefore expressed the need to postpone the opening of Dubai Expo 2020 by one year to overcome this challenge.”

The Steering Committee had seriously reviewed the huge effect that Covid-19 has had on the social, economic and financial regions of the nations around the world. The members affirmed their solidarity with the international community as they deal with unprecedented situations.

The Steering Committee readily agreed to analyse with Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the options and possibilities of pushing the date of the Expo in 2021. The member states together with Expo 2020 Dubai organisers will now work on the postponed dates. To successfully freeze dates, a majority of two-thirds of member states needs to be raised according to Article 28 of the BIE. 

Around 11 million overseas visitors were expected to attend the expo of culture, business and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries. 

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