The federal government of the United Arab Emirates has formally requested the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The transfer got here in a letter addressed to Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary normal of the Bureau Worldwide des Expositions, the physique that awards internet hosting rights to the occasion.

Hypothesis has been mounting for a while that the occasion can be moved because the world battles to beat the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to the Bureau Worldwide des Expositions, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of international affairs and worldwide cooperation of the UAE, seeks the postponement of the Expo.

The choice follows in-depth discussions by the Expo 2020 Dubai steering committee with the organiser and the Bureau Worldwide des Expositions on the affect of the Covid-19 pandemic and in solidarity with taking part international locations.


The United Arab Emirates has proposed October 1st subsequent yr for the occasion to start out.

If agreed, the brand new Expo would run till March thirty first, 2022.

The letter additionally specifies that ought to the member states approve the change of dates for Expo 2020 Dubai, the United Arab Emirates authorities requests approval to proceed utilizing “Expo 2020 Dubai” because the official title of the occasion.

The same nomenclature was used for the Tokyo Olympic Video games, which is able to nonetheless be known as ‘Tokyo 2020’ regardless of going down subsequent yr.

Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary normal of the Bureau Worldwide des Expositions, will host a gathering to determine new dates for Expo 2020 Dubai later this month

The request of the United Arab Emirates authorities follows a gathering of the Expo 2020 Dubai steering committee on March thirtieth.

The committee, composed of representatives of the Bureau Worldwide des Expositions, taking part international locations and Expo 2020 organisers, reviewed with grave concern the most important affect of the unfold of Covid-19 on international public, social and financial well being, and agreed to discover the opportunity of a one yr delay to the opening of the occasion.

A remaining resolution on a change of dates can solely be made by a two-thirds majority vote of member states, as stipulated by Article 28 of the 1928 Paris Conference, following a suggestion of the manager committee.

A gathering to make a remaining resolution will happen just about on April twenty first, with the participation of members of the committee – delegates of 12 elected member states – as nicely Kerkentzes.

The primary world Expo to be hosted within the Center East, Africa or south Asia, Expo 2020 will welcome greater than 200 worldwide contributors, together with a file 192 international locations.

It’ll join nations, multinational firms, non-government organisations and thousands and thousands of tourists from everywhere in the world, offering a possibility to see future improvements, marvel at distinctive structure, expertise various cultures, style cuisines from everywhere in the world, and revel in dwell performances, artwork and different leisure.

By means of its theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, and its three subthemes – alternative, mobility and sustainability – Expo 2020 goals to unlock the potential of every customer whereas encouraging collaboration and presenting alternatives for all to make a distinction in the direction of the long run improvement of humanity and our planet.

By means of quite a few initiatives on the journey, similar to Expo Stay, the Expo College Programme, the World Majlis sequence and numerous enterprise programmes, Expo 2020 is already making a major affect in Dubai.

The occasion will present a platform to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration globally.

It’s based mostly on the assumption that sharing progressive concepts and constructing partnerships will encourage the best way we form our future in probably the most optimistic approach potential.

Expo 2020 Dubai will work in the direction of enabling new alternatives for people and communities to assist them obtain their wants and encourage them to pursue their future aspirations (aligning with the worldwide imaginative and prescient of the United Nations sustainable improvement objectives.

The occasion will give attention to offering simpler entry to data, markets and innovation by engaged on options and applied sciences that can facilitate the motion of individuals, items and concepts.

The Expo website, which is able to cowl a complete of 438 hectares, is positioned within the Dubai South district, close to the Al Maktoum Worldwide Airport.

The spatial organisation of the location embodies the Expo’s theme and subthemes, drawing inspiration from native city design, structure and the pure atmosphere.

The positioning is designed to resemble three petals related to Al Wasl Plaza, the enduring centrepiece named after the historic title for Dubai, which means ‘the connection’.

The 150 metre-diameter plaza will characteristic an enormous domed trellis that may even act as an immersive 360-degree projection floor.

It’ll additionally hook up with the Dubai Metro Route 2020 hyperlink and the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion.

The petals are Expo 2020’s three thematic districts – alternative, mobility and sustainability.

The idea of sustainability has been built-in into the planning of the location and its use each throughout and after the Expo.

In addition to methods to optimise the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure, Expo 2020 Dubai goals to generate half of the location’s power wants over the six-month length from renewable sources, and half of this might be generated on the location itself.