Expo 2020 Dubai looks set to be postponed for one year, due to the coronavirus. After a day of rumours surrounding the Expo, and reports that a postponement was being considered, it's now possible that the event will be rescheduled.
A year-long postponement was one of a number of possible solutions to the coronavirus crisis, including pushing the scheduled start date of the event (October 2020) back.
Despite news of a possible rescheduling appearing on Reuters news agency earlier today, any official decision has to be made by member states of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
However, a steering committee from the BIE and member states met earlier today and “supported the proposal to explore a one-year postponement”
Sources had told Reuters that participants had requested a delay in the Expo after the coronavirus grounded flights and caused a crisis that has seen over 1 billion people in lockdown.Cases of the coronavirus today hit 700,000 worldwide.
Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 11 million visitors over six months and the building work has been underway in Dubai for over three years. 192 countries are set to have pavilions on show.
Speaking to GQ Middle East earlier this year Asif Khan, one of the architects behind the Expo, and the man responsible for its stunning entry portals said:
“I think it's the last statement that we are making for people and about people's ingenuity, before AI becomes really widespread. It's really the end of an era, and the beginning of a new chapter.”
It's now possible that Expo 2020 Dubai will join a long list of events that have had to be postponed due to the coronavirus including the UEFA European championships and the Tokyo Olympics.