Saudi Arabia wins bid to host World Expo 2030

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has been selected as the host country for World Expo 2030, scheduled to take place from Oct 2030 until March 2031, after a secret ballot at the 173rd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) held in Paris on Tuesday.

A total of 119 countries endorsed Riyadh’s candidacy, surpassing competing bids from Busan, South Korea and Rome, Italy.

The Kingdom’s selection as the host aligns with the vision of Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and represents a significant achievement in realising the developmental, economic, and social goals of the inspiring Saudi Vision 2030, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Kingdom’s bid was based on the directives of the Crown Prince, aiming to highlight the role, status, and developmental aspirations of Saudi Arabia for the future.

The Kingdom’s victory in hosting the expo signifies its position as a global hub, showcasing advancements in knowledge, science, technology, creativity, innovation, and its ability to successfully organise major international events.

The World Expo is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious exhibitions, held every five years and lasting over six months.

The first edition was in 1851 in London and since then, the world gathering continued for more than 170 years. The most recent World Expo was in Dubai, while the 2025 edition will be held in Osaka, Japan. — BERNAMA-SPA