With the health crisis sweeping the world, many events have been cancelled for security reasons. The 2020 Universal Exhibition, held in Dubai and organized by the United Arab Emirates, is no exception to the rule. However, the event has not been fully cancelled, it has simply been postponed, and the new dates are now known!
The exhibition will indeed take place. Straddling 2020 and 2021, it will start on October 1st and end on March 31st. However, due to a huge communication campaign, it will hold onto the name “Expo 2020.” The COVID-19 pandemic, with its past, current and future impact could perhaps freeze time as a whole, to better recommence once the crisis is overcome.
Expo 2020 wins another overwhelming vote of confidence from nations around the world. More than two-thirds majority of @BIEParis Members voted in favour of postponing the next Expo by one year. #Expo2020 will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. https://t.co/POKRhaU9Mr pic.twitter.com/rXuvp9I328
— Expo 2020 Dubai (@expo2020dubai) May 4, 2020
Using time wisely
On the Expo’s site, a promising announcement stresses that the time of the delay will be used “to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.” In operational terms, this means that speakers will be free to rethink their stands and the innovations they wish to highlight “post COVID-19,” following the example of France, which is already working on the evolution of its own space, “to better respond to the current global challenge of innovative, environmentally friendly and user-oriented mobility solutions”.
An almost unanimous decision
Similarly to France, many nations have expressed their support for the postponement of the exhibitions. The decision was even adopted after a two-thirds majority vote by the Bureau International des Expositions (Bureau of International Expositions) the historic organizer of the universal exhibition.
The continued collaboration and support from all participating countries is a reflection of the World Expo that will come to life in Dubai. We can’t wait to welcome #Chile 🇨🇱 and the world in October 2021. #Expo2020 #Dubai #WeAreOne @j_daccarett pic.twitter.com/2DWtQa1lzn
— Expo 2020 Dubai (@expo2020dubai) May 7, 2020
An undeniable impact
As a reminder, this edition hold a particularly historic dimension, as the very first time city in the Arab world to be chosen as the exhibition’s host. In fact, the first in the entirety of the African continent, the Middle East and South Asia. This is an event of the utmost importance in terms of its impact on the real estate market, which has recently been in a state of distress within the UAE, in addition to serving as a massive booster for tourism, as no less than 25 million visitors are expected to attend the Expo.