The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed by a year because of the corona virus outbreak and will now be held from October 1 2021, to March 31 2022, the Paris-based organizer said.
The six-month, multi-billion-dollar global innovation fair, set to be the largest such event ever staged in the Arab world, was expected to attract some 24 million visitors starting from October 20 this year.
Dubai wasted no time in coming up with big plans for hosting the program; the theme is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” The event is to bring together 192 countries from around the world to showcase the best of ingenuity, innovation, creativity, and culture all in one location.
“Expo 2020 Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world and create a better future for all,” the bureau said. The delay “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.”
“We welcome the decision of BIE member states to support the delay Expo 2020 Dubai by one year,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said.