Saudi Arabia has officially won the bid to host the World Expo 2030, which is now due to be held in Riyadh from October 1st to March 31st, 2030.
The Venue is to be located near the new King Salman International Airport with the theme of “THE ERA OF CHANGE: TOGETHER FOR A FORESIGHTED TOMORROW” and aims to attract 40 Million Visitors.
The Grand Unveiling
The exhilarating news took center stage on November 28, after most votes were cast in favor of Saudi Arabia during the 173rd General Assembly held in Paris at the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
The other contenders for the prestigious bid were Italy (Rome) and South Korea (Busan), but ultimately, it was Saudi Arabia, with an overwhelming majority of 119 votes, that emerged victorious.
World Expo 2030: 1st round of voting— BIE (@bieparis) November 28, 2023
🇰🇷 Republic of Korea – 29
🇮🇹 Italy – 17
🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia – 119
Abstentions – 0
BIE Member States elect Saudi Arabia as host country of World Expo 2030! Congratulations Riyadh! pic.twitter.com/QPKZdBT5xs
The Proposed Theme and Vision
The proposed theme for the Expo 2030 in Riyadh, “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow,” is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s commitment to fostering innovative pathways for collective action and collaboration.
The proposed theme for #Expo2030 in Riyadh, “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”, demonstrates Saudi Arabia’s commitment "to finding new pathways for collective action & collaboration", indicates 🇸🇦 Minister of Foreign Affairs @FaisalbinFarhan pic.twitter.com/rRpHHHW8Mk— BIE (@bieparis) November 28, 2023
This aligns seamlessly with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a blueprint for the nation’s future that has already demonstrated its prowess in organizing grand-scale events such as the Saudi Seasons in Jeddah and Riyadh.
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In addition, the award-winning Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 marked a significant chapter in the Kingdom’s journey toward becoming a global focal point for cultural and technological innovation.
The Journey to Victory
The journey toward this monumental achievement began in 2021 when Saudi Arabia announced its bid for Riyadh to host World Expo 2030. The Expo 2030 masterplan for Riyadh was officially launched in June 2023, marking the start of an extensive planning phase to ensure a successful and memorable event.
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City unveiled his vision for the Era of Change in the Kingdom.
Dates and Location
For those wondering about the Expo 2030 dates, the grand spectacle is officially set to start on Tuesday, October 1, 2030, and last until Sunday, March 31, 2030. The event promises an array of thrilling events and activities that will captivate and inspire millions of visitors from around the globe.
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The Expo will be strategically located near the King Salman International Airport, boasting more than 226 exhibition pavilions and numerous giga-events. The site aims to attract an estimated 40 million visitors, immersing them in a world of innovation, culture, and collaboration.
A Legacy of World Expos
The World Expo has a rich history of uniting nations and showcasing groundbreaking technological and cultural achievements. The previous World Expo 2020 was hosted in Dubai, marking a significant milestone as the first Expo in the Middle East.
The next World Expo will take place in Osaka, Japan, in 2025, paving the way for the grand event in Riyadh in 2030.
A New Era for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s selection as the host for World Expo 2030 marks a new era of change for the country, reflecting its commitment to creating a brighter, more collaborative future. The Crown Prince aims to use the Expo to enhance the country’s international image, particularly.
Noor Riyadh as A Prelude to Expo 2030
As a precursor to the grandeur expected at the Expo 2030, the Noor Riyadh festival gives a glimpse into the country’s commitment to art and culture. The festival is a city-wide celebration of art featuring large-scale installations from artists across the globe.
It serves as an opportunity for residents and visitors to discover Riyadh’s rich history and vibrant neighborhoods.
A Vision for the Future
The World Expo 2030 is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, a blueprint aimed at diversifying the country’s economy and reducing its dependence on oil. The Expo aligns perfectly with this vision, offering a platform to showcase the country’s advancements in various fields.
A Global Celebration
The World Expo 2030 is not just an event but a global celebration of innovation, culture, and collaboration. It is a testament to the power of unity and the shared commitment to a brighter, more sustainable future.
As the world anticipates this grand spectacle, one thing is sure: Riyadh is ready to welcome the world with open arms and a spirit of camaraderie.
With the World Expo 2030 on the horizon, the world awaits with bated breath for the spectacle that Saudi Arabia is set to unfold. As the countdown begins, the anticipation builds, and the world prepares to converge in Riyadh to celebrate innovation, culture, and shared progress.
The World Expo 2030 is more than an event; it is a milestone in Saudi Arabia’s journey toward a foresighted tomorrow.