Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) today confirmed that 2/3rd of the Member States voted in favor of postponing the event by a year.
Expo 2020 Dubai, which maintains its name, will now be conducted from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) updated today that The Executive Committee & the General Assembly of the BIE, which began voting remotely on April 24 and is expected to continue till May 29 has already surpassed the 2/3rd majority it needs to the postponement of the highly anticipated event.
“We welcome the decision of BIE Member States to support the delay of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year. We are thankful to the Member States for their continued commitment to contributing to a World Expo in Dubai that will play a pivotal role in shaping our post-pandemic world at a time when it will be most needed.”
.@Expo2020Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world. Two-third majority of Bureau International des Expositions (@bieparis) Member States vote in favour of postponing next World Expo by 1 year. It will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022https://t.co/UC9ZR6A3UN pic.twitter.com/5fOtbpf3Ux
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 4, 2020
Dubai Media Office also released a statement saying, “Expo 2020 Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world and create a better future for all after a two-thirds majority of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States voted in favor of postponing the next World Expo by one year. “The global mega-event will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19. It also allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.”