The General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has formally approved the year-long postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Dates having officially changed to October 1st, 2021 to March 31st, 2022.
BIE, which is the World Expos’ governing body, said in a statement that the global event will keep the name “Expo 2020 Dubai”, despite the date change.
Speaking on the formal announcement of the postponement, the secretary general of the BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, says: “I welcome this resounding expression of support shown by the international community to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai.
“While this situation is unprecedented, the response by the Government of the UAE and by our Member States demonstrates the strong bonds that tie us and the shared commitment we have to delivering a truly inclusive World Expo.”
Kerkentzes adds: “The difficulties raised by the COVID-19 pandemic illustrate the importance of sharing solutions and co-ordinating our actions. The time we spend apart leads us to reflect on the importance of being together, and reminds us that even in the digital age, shared experiences are the essence of our humanity.
“The world is now more than ever looking forward to Expo 2020 Dubai to connect, reflect, and celebrate the future.”
A request by the UAE for the global mega-event to be postponed was approved by the BIE executive committee in April and put to members for a vote, which was conducted remotely.
Voting was set to run until May 29th, but within two weeks, the two-thirds majority had been achieved.
Once the event does take place, noted architects including Santiago Calatrava, Carlo Ratti and WOHA (who designed country pavilions for the UAE, Italy and Singapore respectively) are involved, and the interiors are also going to be a major part of the experience.