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The UAE has officially requested to postpone the start of the Expo 2020 Dubai until October next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the body that oversees the world fair said on Saturday.
"The government of the United Arab Emirates has formally requested the postponement of World Expo 2020 Dubai," the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) said in a statement.
"Following consultations with the BIE, participating countries and key stakeholders, the UAE has proposed Oct.1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 as the new opening dates of Expo 2020 Dubai."
The UAE government also requested approval to continue using Expo 2020 Dubai as the event's official name.
The BIE said it would hold a virtual meeting on April 21 to discuss "options for a change of dates."
"The request of the UAE government has been sent following in-depth discussions by the Expo 2020 Dubai steering committee with the organiser and the BIE on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," said the statement.
"A final decision on a change of dates can only be made by a two-thirds majority vote of BIE member states."
Expo 2020 organisers said on Monday they had recommended a one-year postponement due to the pandemic.
"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," Expo 2020 Dubai director-general Reem Al Hashimi said in a statement.
"The UAE and Expo 2020 Dubai have listened. And in the spirit of solidarity and unity, we supported the proposal to explore a one-year postponement."
The exceptional “World Government Summit- Expo 2020” will be the biggest gathering yet since its inception with expected attendance of over 10,000 high-profile officials, 30 international organisations and 600 experts and scholars.
Construction work under these two phases included a flyover linking Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Expo Road as well as two flyovers on Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road to ensure a smooth traffic flow to and from the site of Expo. The project also included bridges extending 7km and roads extending 43km in addition to three interchanges.
Whatever Dubai does, it does so with a touch of class and grandeur. The enthusiasm and remarkable speed at which the Emirate is gearing up for World Expo 2020 makes it abundantly certain that the event will turn out to be extraordinary.
In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to support the hosting of Expo 2020, the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, ZHO, has supported the promotion of this international event through two initiatives.
Expatriates living in the UAE were elated as their family members, colleagues, friends stuck in other countries are now able to return as the UAE has lifted restriction on incoming flights from Monday onwards.
The Committee explained that the new guidelines take into account the exceptional situations of some categories of people including people of determination, children, and those with chronic respiratory conditions.
The UAE will today (Monday) start receiving residents with valid residence visas, who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic from various countries.