UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan wrote a letter to Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, secretary-general, Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the organisation in charge of World Expos.According to Article 28 of the BIE Convention, a two-thirds majority vote from member states is needed for a final change of dates.
The decision to request a delay to the 173-day event was made on Monday, 31st March after discussions between the UAE and BIE.A statement on the Expo 2020 website says: "We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable. Over the last several weeks, we have been working hard, both internally and in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, to review the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai.
"We remain firm in our collective aim to deliver an Expo that is true to its time and to our shared, urgent priorities. But it is clear that this is not the right time."