Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE response to epidemic
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 epidemic 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.
While everyone involved in Expo 2020 Dubai remains firmly committed, many countries have been significantly impacted by epidemic and they have expressed a need to postpone Expo’s opening by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge.
In spirit of solidarity and unity, we support the proposal to explore a one-year postponement made by the Steering Committee at today’s meeting. We will follow the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) processes on making the decision to delay Expo 2020. The BIE will now work with its Member States and Expo 2020 Dubai to establish a change in dates.
A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIE’s General Assembly. Article 28 of the BIE Convention stipulates that a change of dates requires a two-thirds majority vote from the BIE Member States.
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A time for solidarity
We have always aimed to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world.
We believe that now, more than ever, humanity needs to come together to remember what unites us.
That remains the collective ambition of all of us involved in this Expo.
Looking after our team
It is our top priority to keep everybody involved in this Expo healthy and well. We continue to stringently followed the guidance from the local health authorities and World Health Organisation, and we will continue to do so as we navigate through these challenging times.