The Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to be delayed by up to a year, according to sources familiar with the matter, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Expo 2020 steering committee, consisting of officials from the UAE and overseas countries partaking in the event, are likely to recommend a delay when they gather virtually on Monday later in the afternoon.
Organizers projected last year that 11 million foreign visitors would join the event, billed as a masterpiece of culture, business and technology with pavilions from 192 countries plus concerts and other events.
Expo 2020, which is planned to start from October 20 to April 10, 2021, is presently the last major event still officially planned after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were last week delayed by a year, the first such postponement in the Games' 124-year current history.
A final, required verdict would be made at a later meeting of member states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which awards the event, though it is doubtful they would go against the recommendation.