Vote to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai

As reported previously, the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee has met in response to global developments involving the spread of coronavirus. Members of the Committee discussed the request of the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to postpone the Expo. After consulting with the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), participating countries and key stakeholders, the UAE has proposed changing the dates to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022.

Further to this proposal the Executive Committee of the BIE convened a virtual meeting on Tuesday 21 April to discuss the option of changing the dates of Expo 2020 Dubai. Participating in this meeting were the members of the Committee (delegates of 12 elected Member States) and the Secretary-General of the BIE.

As a result of the Executive Committee virtual meeting, a vote will be held among the Member States with voting rights on the proposed change of dates for Expo 2020 Dubai. These Member States can cast their vote between Friday 24 April and Friday 29 May by uploading a diplomatic note (or ‘Note Verbale’) to the BIE Online Working System (BOWS). A final decision on a change of date can only be made by a two-thirds majority vote of BIE Member States, as stipulated by article 28 of the 1928 Paris Convention. As soon as the result of this vote is known, Dutch Dubai will announce the outcome.

Preparations continue
The Dutch Dubai Steering Committee, Expo team and working groups are still working very hard to make Expo 2020 Dubai a success. Due to the pandemic we are working from home and using online video conferencing systems. After the first few weeks we have all adjusted to this situation, and we’re still working enthusiastically to connect businesses, innovations and ideas when the Expo opens in 2021. We look forward to seeing and meeting you then! #staysafe 

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