Dubai Expo 2020 will be delayed over coronavirus fears

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be postponed by one year due to the global Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.

HiAn estimated 11 million overseas visitors were expected to attend the nearly six-month-long showpiece of culture, business and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries that was due to start in October.

Dubai is expected to announce later that the event will be pushed back to next year following a meeting between officials from the United Arab Emirates and foreign countries who were set to participate, the statement and sources said.