Dubai Expo postponed for a year, also with Slovenia's support
Dubaj, 4 May - World Expo 2020 Dubai, which was to be held between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021, will be postponed for a year after two-thirds of participating countries, including Slovenia, backed the postponement.
The proposal to postpone the show was put forward by the government of the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus situation, and the Executive Committee of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) endorsed it on 21 April.
The BIE said today that the necessary two-thirds of participating countries, including Slovenia, had backed the postponement. The BIE Executive Committee is now only to confirm the decision, according to the French press agency AFP.
Dubai Expo will thus be held between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022 but it will keep 2020 in its name.
Several participating countries had called for the postponement as they struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. Even though some restrictive measures are being lifted, there is still a lot of uncertainty.
"We welcome the decision of BIE member states," said the chair of the Dubai Expo 2020 Preparatory Higher Committee, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
"We thank members states for their readiness to contribute to the world expo in Dubai, which will play a decisive role in the shaping of our world after the pandemic, when this will be most needed," he was quoted as saying by the press agency WAM.
The organisers originally expected up to 25 million visitors from almost 200 countries at the event, which will nevertheless be the biggest world show in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and the biggest event ever hosted by an Arab country.
A total of 192 countries will be presented through companies, international organisations and educational institutions.
The Slovenian pavilion, in which the country will be presented under the motto Green Smart Experience, will promote Slovenia as a sustainable, modern and creative country relying on its green environment, know-how, breakthrough ideas, innovation, and businesses with added value.
The Economy Ministry chose the concept, created by the architecture firm Magnet Design, last April. It decided on a three-storied structure which will present Slovenia as a green oasis in Europe as well as in the desert during the exhibition.
The pavilion is being constructed by the engineering company Riko in cooperation with the architectural design firm KTNK.