In a landmark decision, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, has been selected as the host city for the 2030 World Expo. The announcement came following a bid presentation that emphasized the ambition to shape a prosperous and sustainable future for the global community. Riyadh emerged victorious in the bidding process, surpassing contenders Rome and the South Korean city of Busan.
The decision was made by members of the Bureau International des Expositions during a closed-door meeting in Issy-les-Moulineaux, with Riyadh securing a significant majority of 119 out of 165 votes. The Saudi delegation received the news with cheers and expressions of enthusiasm.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, extended his gratitude for the international community’s trust in the Kingdom. He characterized the vote as an acknowledgment of alignment with Saudi Arabia’s vision for 2030 and its commitment to a shared pathway to prosperity for nations worldwide.
“This is an expression of the trust that the international community has in what we have to offer… but also in its alignment with our own vision (for) 2030 and everything that we advocate for, which is a shared pathway to prosperity for all of the countries of the world,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan stated.
He further affirmed the commitment of Saudi Arabia to meet the expectations set by the international community, ensuring the delivery of an extraordinary World Expo in 2030.
The World Expo is anticipated to attract millions of visitors, offering a platform for global collaboration, innovation, and cultural exchange. Riyadh’s successful bid positions Saudi Arabia at the forefront of hosting major international events, aligning with the nation’s strategic goals and commitment to contributing to a better future.