World's biggest - Expo 2020 Dubai - postponed by one year to Oct 2021


DUBAI/HONG KONG: The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed by a year because of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and will now be held from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, the Paris-based organiser said on Monday (May 4).

A two-thirds majority of member states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) voted in favour of the delay, which "allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus)," it said in a statement.

The Expo is a major business and cultural event held every five years in cities around the world selected by the Paris-based BIE.

The United Arab Emirates in March proposed postponing the 2020 event by a year, after participating countries asked for a delay due to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

The BIE said in a statement the required consent of two-thirds of its 170 member states to postpone Expo 2020 dubai had been surpassed, and that it was not set to approve the delay.

A statement by Expo 2020 dubai, citing BIE Secretary General Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, said the BIE would formally approve the postponement on May 29.

Expo 2020 dubai is now set to take place from October 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022, roughly a year later than initially planned. - Reuters
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