A message from Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai and the continued impact of COVID-19

hei - Friday, April 3, 2020    

Expo 2020 Dubai and the continued impact of COVID-19
Foto: Expo2020

“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 COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai. These are extraordinary times and we, in common with our other stakeholders, expect to experience many challenges over the months to come. 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 COVID-19 and they have expressed a need to postpone Expo’s opening by one year, while they focus on overcoming this challenge.

In a spirit of solidarity and unity, we support the proposal to explore a one-year postponement made by the Steering Committee meeting. We will follow the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) processes on making the decision to delay Expo 2020 Dubai. 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.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 shared ambition of all of us involved in this Expo. This is not a cancellation, but we must also play our part in keeping everybody involved healthy and well.
Stay home. Stay safe.
And we will share further updates with you when we are able to.”


www.expo2020.dubai.com

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Related Articles

Taking care of seniors

Miami Beach Convention Center's food and beverage provider, Centerplate, has partnered with DeliverLean to bring prepared meals to thousands of at-risk seniors in Miami-Dade County.

Read more
VenueShield operational plan released

Venue management company ASM Globals has further enhanced its VenueShield programme.

Read more
Spielwarenmesse restructures India operations

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (AHK Indien) has become the representative of Spielwarenmesse eG in India.

Read more

Most read articles

New study released

The Strategic Alliance of the National Convention Bureaux of Europe has released the results of a study on “The Impact of Coronavirus on Europe’s Convention Sector”.

Read more
Malaysia to resume business events

The Malaysian Government has decided to reopen the business events sector.

Read more
"There is still a long way to go"

More than 100 attendees from over 25 countries joined The Hague Convention Bureau for their third webinar to examine "How are destination marketing communications strategies evolving right now?"

Read more

Categories and Tags

Meetings Industry | Expo2020 Dubai | Covid-19 | Bureau International des Expositions