The new dates for the Dubai Expo 2020 have been announced, following the event's cancelation due to the current global coronavirus pandemic.
The much-awaited event will now place from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, as opposed to its initial launch date, October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021.
The news was announced on the official Dubai Media Office Twitter page.
.@Expo2020Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world. Two-third majority of Bureau International des Expositions (@bieparis) Member States vote in favour of postponing next World Expo by 1 year. It will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022https://t.co/UC9ZR6A3UN pic.twitter.com/5fOtbpf3Ux— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 4, 2020
"We are thankful to the BIE Member States for their continued commitment to contributing to a World Expo in Dubai that will play a pivotal role in shaping our post-pandemic world at a time it will be most needed," explains His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee.
Now that we know when the global event will take place, here's a few things that we can look forward to when it launches in October of next year.
The Expo 2020 site will host the world's biggest 360-degree projection surface on Al Wasl Plaza's steel dome in the Opportunity Pavilion. At the same time, the site's rotational observation tower will provide uninterrupted views of the city's iconic skyline. There are tons more to look forward to; those are just the two that we can't stop thinking about.
The Expo site will feature more than 200 restaurants and culinary experiences. Visitors will be able to connect and discover new cultures through the 50 plus cuisines that will be showcased during the six-month-long event.
With 190 countries participating and with millions expected to visit and take part in the iconic event, you'd be hard-pressed not to make a friend from abroad. Fun fact: Each of the Expo site's four gates have the capacity to handle more than 15,000 visitors per hour, with all gates being able to handle more than 60,000 visitors per hour.
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