The Executive Committee of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has started the process of agreeing a new date for Expo 2020 Dubai to 1 October 2021 – 1 March 2022.
Members of the Committee – delegates of 12 Member States elected by the BIE’s General Assembly – met virtually today to examine the date change requested by the UAE Government.
It was made after a meeting of the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee on 30 March, in which participating countries expressed the need to postpone Expo’s opening in order to overcome the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The members unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022.
In order to change the date of an Expo, BIE rules requires the support of a two-thirds majority vote from Member States.
The General Assembly will now be called upon to vote on the Executive Committee’s recommendation. Voting will be carried out remotely between Friday 24 April and Friday 29 May.
Commenting on the date change, Dimitri S Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), stated: “World Expos are collective endeavours that express the shared international goal of progress for all humankind.
He added: “I am confident that when the time is right, Expo 2020 Dubai will constitute the best platform to build, with renewed optimism and hope, a better and brighter future for all.”
HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai welcomed the recommendation by the BIE.
“Now the official process for agreeing a delay begins, and we look forward to working constructively with BIE Member States, our friends, and partners to confirm the new date of 1 October 2021 when the Expo will open its doors, and the UAE will welcome the world.”