With the Emirate spending an average of $8 billion, the coronavirus pandemic has hit Dubai Expo 2020 with uncertainties. The organizers were expecting to get the return in high numbers from tourism and other means. The organizers support the proposal to postpone the Expo 2020 for one year to let businesses, industries, and people recover from disastrous health calamity and economic crisis due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A final decision is yet to be officially announced.
The organizers and participants from all over the world have extended their support and willingness to postpone the Dubai Expo 2020 for one year. The event became a hot topic of discussion due to the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The health crisis was considered a major risk and it was necessary to give time for the business industries and crowd to recover from the economic and health concerns. The discussions suggested delaying the event until October 2021, and meanwhile, everyone can work together to solve and overcome the present pandemic. Many countries suggested the delay in the event voluntarily.
The suggestion was taken for discussion by the Dubai Steering Committee for Dubai 2020. The committee comprises of members from the Expo 2020 senior leadership, Bureau International Des Expositions (BIE, the governing body of the World Expo), and International participant representatives. The solidarity was ensured during the meeting to delay the event for one year.
Commissioner General of Egypt for Expo 2020 Dubai, Mr. Ahmed Maghawry Diab, conveyed that Egypt appreciated the efforts undertaken by the UAE Government and BIE, along with the requests from other international participants. Moreover, Mr. Diab expressed his concerns for the safety of all domestic and international workers.
The Commissioner-General of Brazil for the Expo 2020, Mr. Sergo Segovia, emphasized on the importance of humanity during this pandemic and said Brazil wholeheartedly supported the decisions for the postponement of Dubai Expo 2020.
Siemens is the Official Premier Infrastructure Digitalization Partner for the Dubai 2020 Expo. The official of Siemens pointed out that the decision was well received and appreciated, as it ensured the safety of the people working on the project. “We will continue working to create one of the smartest cities in the world, and look forward to seeing you all in 2021’.
The PepsiCo official Mr. Eugene WIllemsen (CEO- Africa, Middle East, and South Asia) that the tragic circumstances have led the postponement of the mega expo 2020. He also stated that PepsiCo understands and supports all the decisions made by the Steering Committee to postpone the event, and PepsiCo looked forward to delivering excellent services in 2021. “It is critical to focus on the fundamental human values that unite us across nations’. PepsiCo is the Official Premier Beverage and Snack Partner for the Expo 2020.
The new dates are yet to be finalized and the BIE (Bureau International Des Expositions) will discuss with the member states and participants to confirm a new date as early as possible once the pandemic is under control and human lives are safe. The General Assembly requires maximum majority votes to confirm the final decision of postponement and new dates.
Dubai Expo 2020 was considered as a platform for showcasing international corporation and global harmony, which is the core purpose of its establishment. 192 nations participate in the event. It was the best of the event for nations to come together and work together for a brighter future.
The suggestions for postponement came after conducting weeks of consultations within the UAE and international sponsors amidst their evaluation of the criticality and impact of coronavirus in Expo 2020.
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