“The government of the United Arab Emirates has officially requested a one-year postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai, originally scheduled to open on the forthcoming 20th October. The proposed dates are 1st October 2021 – 31st March 2022”. The announcement came from Paolo Glisenti, the Commissioner for Italy’s participation.
The proposal was submitted by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental body that governs Universal Exhibitions.
“The 160 member states of the BIE must ratify the postponement of Expo 2020 with a two-thirds vote. Italy has already expressed its intention to vote in favour of the postponement, if the majority of the other countries decides to do so – declared the Commissioner during a video message. At present, Italy is going ahead with its project while closely monitoring – also to safeguard the health and safety of the workers in our site in Dubai – the construction of the pavilion”.
Meanwhile, as revealed by the numerous contributions that have arrived at the Commissioner's Office, the build-up to the Expo continues.
“The activities with our institutional partners, ministries, universities and research centres, schools and the scientific, cultural and artistic communities continue,” declared Glisenti. “We are starting to rethink the characteristics and key elements of Italy’s participation, for we believe that Expo Dubai will be an unmissable opportunity for relaunching Italy’s economy, ‘Made on Italy’ abroad, tourism and the attraction of foreign investments towards our small- and medium-sized innovative companies and startups, which are suffering at present”.