March 06, 2021
The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed by a year because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now be held from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, the Paris-based organiser said.
The six-month, multibillion-dollar global innovation fair, set to be the largest such event ever staged in the Arab world, was expected to attract some 24 million visitors starting from October 20 this year.
Monday, a two-thirds majority of member states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) voted in favour of a delay requested by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), saying in a statement the postponement “allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19”.
“Expo 2020 Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world and create a better future for all,” the bureau said.
The delay “also allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.”
“We welcome the decision of BIE member states to support the delay Expo 2020 Dubai by one year,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said.
“We are thankful to member states for their continued commitment to contributing to a World Expo in Dubai that will play a pivotal role in shaping our post-pandemic world at a time when it will be most needed.
“Over the last 50 years, we have sought to build bridges, connections, and partnerships around the world because we believe in genuine collaboration to safeguard the future of all,” he added.
Expo 2020 Dubai will retain its name, despite the one-year postponement to 2021, the organising committee said.
It will remain “committed to hosting an exceptional event that will celebrate humanity’s resilience, creativity, culture and innovation – including major technological advances in the fields of medicine and science”, a statement on the event’s website said.
Source : Al Jazeera, News Agencies
Nigeria has officially committed to participate in Expo 2020 to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nigeria joins over 150 other countries that have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020 Dubai. Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Togo have already confirmed their participation in EXPO 2021.
The global mega event will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
The UAE which is hosting the event wants Expo 2020 to serve Africa’s interests and provide a platform for connections to be made by, and for, its African partners whether they be government, business or visitors. Emirates Airline, Dubai based currently serves 27 destinations in Africa, including five cargo points.
Africa is the future of global economic growth. While other continents saw slow to negative growth in their economies Africa countries economies were growing at double digit level. So African participation in Expo 2020 is seen as an important element for the success of the mega event.
Nigeria has the highest population in Africa and is a traditional trade partner for UAE with non-oil trade between the two countries amounting to $1.3 billion in 2016.