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Q&A about the postponement

Here are answers to questions regarding the postponement of the EXPO 2020, to October 2021.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be postponed for one year. How does this impact the event?  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a request was sent to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) from the government of the United Arab Emirates for a one-year postponement of the Expo. As the required two third majority of the BIE member states, including Norway, voted for a postponement. 

A formal decision has been made to postpone the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai to 1 October 2021. The Expo will last for six months, until 31 March 2022. 

Has it been considered to call off Expo 2020 Dubai?  
A cancellation of the World Exposition in Dubai has not been considered because World Expos are intended to bring nations together around common issues and challenges. 

Will the organisers provide any support to visitors who have already purchased their Expo entrance tickets, flights and accommodation?  
The organisers of Expo 2020 have informed us that tickets bought for the Expo will be valid in 2021 where possible, and that ticket holders who cannot attend in 2021 will be reimbursed.  

Regarding hotel and flight bookings - we encourage those who have already booked to contact airlines and hotels to amend the bookings.  

What position did Norway take to a one-year postponement of Expo 2020? 
The Norwegian participation is a public – private partnership between the government and private businesses, and both agreed that a postponement was expedient given the circumstances. 

What will be the impact of the Expo 2020’s postponement on Norway’s participation? 
Norway will participate according to plan in 2021.  

How will a postponement affect the construction of the Norway Pavilion? 
The construction of the Norway Pavilion has during the past months experienced some delays impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as production and transportation of certain materials, and preventive measures at construction site that have slowed down efficiency at a certain degree.  

Provided more strict measures connected to the COVID-19 pandemic are not being imposed on the construction site, the construction of the Norway Pavilion will continue uninterrupted towards its completion in July/August this year. 

The installation of equipment and content will probably commence some time during first quarter of 2021 

Are the workers on the Norway Pavilion’s construction site still working? 
Our main priority is health, safety and welfare of all workers. Comprehensive hygiene and safety measures are put in place, enforced and daily monitored to safeguard the health of the workers. 

How do you ensure that the pavilion could withstand a possible one-year postponement? 
The Norway Pavilion has been designed according to a standard adapted to the local climate (high temperatures, wind, and termites) and as long as the pavilion has been completed, we do not foresee major challenges in taking a one year postponement. However, we will follow up closely to ensure the pavilion does not encounter any deterioration during the next year is required.  

How did the Norway Expo 2020’s financial partners react to the postponement?  
All our partners have confirmed their support to a one-year postponement and committed to continuing their involvement with us.  

We have regular meetings with the Ministries and with the Project Board to inform on situation updates, and seek support and advise where needed. 

How will the development of the Exhibition and the programme proceed? 
The Norway Expo Project Team is already in the process of adapting to a new timeline and will use the extra-year to further develop the pavilion’s programme and experience.  

Will a one-year postponement require changes in Norway’s presentation?  
The Norway Pavilion will present Norway as a pioneer for sustainable use of the ocean, as originally planned 

Ocean businesses are in rapid change towards more sustainable solutions through the development of new technologies and products. When opening the pavilion in 2021 we believe we will have even more impressive solutions and technologies to showcase. 

Will a one-year postponement impact the number of visitors to Expo?  
A general opinion is that going ahead with the Expo 2020 as planned this year would have had a dramatic negative impact on the number of visitors due to COVID-19.  
 
By mid-2021, we hope the world has started travelling again and businesses are working to re-establish their international business ties. In that context, Expo 2020 Dubai may represent a unique arena for “Connecting Minds – Creating the Future”.