The Expo 2020 Dubai set to take place this October has been postponed by one year, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters and two sources familiar with the matter.
The event was estimated to receive 11 million oversees guests to attend the nearly six month long showpiece of culture, business, and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries that was due to start in October.
According to Reuters, Dubai is expected to announce the postponement of the event later on Monday following a meeting between officials from the United Arab Emirates and foreign countries who were set to participate.
Moreover, participations had asked for the delay, citing a need to focus on the coronavirus outbreak, the statement and two of the sources said. An Expo spokesman declined to comment.
A formal delay would be confirmed at a later meeting of member states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which awards the event, one of the sources said.
COVID-19 and Major International Events
Expo is the last major international event that is still officially scheduled to go ahead this year. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were last week postponed by a year, the first such delay in the 124-year history of the modern Games.
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