This is due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken over the world. Now, the expo will take place from 1 October 2021, through 31 March 2022.
Details of the pushed back event
The Bureau International des Expositions, a Paris-based organization is responsible for all the international expos. They hold the power to make the final decision regarding the expos.
Initially, the UAE government asked the bureau for a delay last month of the Expo 2020. About two-thirds of the member states voted in favour of pushing the expo back.
This decision comes despite the United Arab Emirates have spent $8 billion on it.
The secretary-general of The Bureau International des Expositions, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, spoke about this in a statement. Everyone will have a chance to reconvene for the Expo in 2021.
The theme of Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. The theme is to offer a unique platform that will help share ideas, lessons, and solutions with the world.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee speaks on the same. He is grateful for the decision made by BIE. They welcome and support the decision made.
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
The grounds in which the expo is to held consists of several structures designed by prominent architects. The architects include Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Asif Khan, Arup, BIG, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, HOK, and Populous.