Expo 2020 Dubai has announced it will possibly postpone until 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expo 2020 Dubai says it has been working closely with key UAE and international stakeholders to assess the impact of coronavirus. It says it is supportive of the Steering Committee’s proposal made on March 30, to explore the possibility of a one-year postponement.

Expo 2020 said is will follow the guidelines of World Expo, the governing body Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), on deciding whether to delay the Expo by one year.

BIE is working with Expo 2020 and member states to establishing a change in the date. The final decision can only be made by BIE’s General Assembly.

“We continue to face a global situation that is both fast moving and unpredictable,” said Expo 2020 in a statement, adding: “We remain firm in our collective aim to deliver an Expo that is true to its time and to our shared, urgent priorities. But it is clear that this is not the right time.”

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