Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are expected to announce the postponement of Dubai Expo 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage global hospitality.
The jamboree was expected to begin on October 20th this year, kicking-off six months of celebrations in the emirate.
However, with global tourism in a virtual lockdown, organisers hope to allow time for a full recovery before the event.
Discussions are ongoing with the Bureau International des Expositions, the France-based organisation that awards hosting rights to the event, with a year-long delay expected.
A final decision can only be made by the bureau and the general assembly of nations.
In a statement on Monday, officials said they agreed to explore “the possibility of a one-year delay to the opening of Expo 2020”.
Many countries have been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and have consequently expressed a desire to postpone the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Reem Al Hashimy, Expo 2020 Dubai director-general, explained: “While they remain firmly committed to Expo 2020, many countries have been significantly impacted by Covid-19 and they have therefore expressed a need to postpone the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year, to enable them to overcome this…