The government of the United Arab Emirates has formally requested the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai.
The move came in a letter addressed to Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions, the body that awards hosting rights to the event.
Speculation has been mounting for some time that the event would be moved as the world battles to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to the Bureau International des Expositions, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the UAE, seeks the postponement of the Expo.
The decision follows in-depth discussions by the Expo 2020 Dubai steering committee with the organiser and the Bureau International des Expositions on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and in solidarity with participating countries.
The United Arab Emirates has proposed October 1st next year for the event to start.
If agreed, the new Expo would run until March 31st, 2022.
The letter also specifies that should the member states approve the change of dates for Expo 2020 Dubai, the United Arab Emirates government requests approval to continue using “Expo 2020 Dubai” as the official name of the event.
A similar nomenclature was used for the Tokyo…