Saudi capital Riyadh to host Expo 2030, overcoming competition from Italy's Rome and Korea's Busan

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Nov 2023

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, has successfully won the bid to host Expo 2030, prevailing in a competitive race against the Italian city of Rome and Busan in South Korea.

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Guests at the Saudi reception held at Paris’ Grand Palais Éphémère exhibition hall on Tuesday. AFP

 

This was announced during the 173rd General Assembly of the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE) in Paris, where BIE members voted on the host city for Expo 2030.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that 130 countries expressed confidence in Riyadh's proposal, and its capability to host the exposition.

Speaking as he led the Saudi delegation at the general assembly on Tuesday, Prince Faisal stated, "The Kingdom is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to deliver a distinctive edition of Expo 2030."

The Saudi minister emphasized that the year 2030 marks a crucial juncture at the intersection of three pivotal milestones: Expo 2030, the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Saudi Vision 2030.

"The Kingdom is working to accelerate progress on all three fronts, diligently striving for the development and transformation of our economy. We believe that the Kingdom's progress, regional development, and global economic health will advance steadily," Faisal bin Farhan said.

"We take pride in the Kingdom's achievements accomplished thus far, and we will continue to strengthen cooperation and development at both regional and international levels," concluded the Saudi minister. "We hope to have the honour of welcoming the world to Riyadh's Expo 2030 in seven years."

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