The executive committee of the Bureau International des Expositions has unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai. The general assembly will now hold a vote on the proposed new dates, with a result expected at the end of May.
Following consultations with the Bureau International des Expositions, participating countries and key stakeholders, the United Arab Emirates has proposed October 1st, 2021, as a new start date for Expo 2020 Dubai.
With Expo 2020 Dubai likely to be pushed into next year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Breaking Travel News here chats with Sumathi Ramanathan, director of destination marketing for the event, to find out what the delay might mean for hospitality in the Middle East
A spokesman for the Bureau International des Expositions - which awards hosting rights to the Expo - said the steering committee meeting would “reassess and adjust planned preparations”.
Meet the water tower of West Africa, discover an ingenious ‘amphibious housing’ idea and see smart sustainability solutions in action – these are just a handful of ways Expo 2020 Dubai will shine a light on the importance of water.
Proof that given the right opportunity innovation and ingenuity can come from anywhere, nine countries from around the world have unveiled Expo 2020 Dubai pavilions designed by young, emerging student talent.
Atlantis, the Palm has reported record-breaking 2019 with an average occupancy of 90 per cent. The increase in visits is a result of strong footfall from top source markets, as well as from diversified markets, and is in line with the tourism strategy set out by Dubai Tourism.
An Expo 2020 Dubai spokesperson said: “The safety and well-being of everyone visiting Expo 2020 Dubai is of paramount importance to us, and we are working closely with the United Arab Emirates’ ministry of health and prevention to apply the guidance that they have provided.
An additional three million international visitors are expected to visit the United Arab Emirates during Expo 2020. Arrivals from India, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, UK and Pakistan are expected to drive this influx, according to the latest data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market.
Ten school students from the UAE netted an opportunity of a lifetime earlier: a chance to meet one of the most celebrated athletes in history, Expo 2020 Dubai ambassador Lionel Messi.