Following a meeting of the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee at the end of last month, UAE officials have proposed that the international event be moved to next year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
World Expo’s governing body Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) released a statement explaining the decision. It said: “His Highness Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of the UAE, seeks the postponement of the World Expo following in-depth discussions by the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee with the Organiser and the BIE on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in solidarity with participating countries.”
Should it be agreed, the event would take place from October 1 2021 until March 31 2022. A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIE’s executive committee and the general assembly. Article 28 of the 1928 Paris Convention states that, a change of dates requires a two-thirds majority vote from Member States of the Organisation.Officials also specified that should the Member States approve the change of dates for Expo 2020 Dubai, the UAE Government would request approval to continue using “Expo 2020 Dubai” as the official name of the event.