Saudi Arabia wins bid to host World Expo 2030

Saudi Arabia was chosen as the host country of World Expo 2030 during the 173rd General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on Tuesday (November 28).

A two-thirds majority of member states voted for Saudi Arabia’s project to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh under the theme “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”, between October 1, 2030 and March 31, 2031.

The Kingdom had stated in June this year that it would spend $7.8 billion to stage the Expo if successful in its bid.

Three countries were in the running to host World Expo 2030. In addition to Saudi Arabia, the other candidates were the Republic of Korea (Busan) with the theme “Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future” and Italy (Rome) with the theme “People and Territories: Regeneration, Inclusion and Innovation”.

Following the announcement of the election results, the Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri S Kerkentzes stated: “On behalf of the BIE, I offer my warm congratulations to Saudi Arabia on its election as host country of World Expo 2030. In the coming years, we look forward to working closely with Saudi Arabia to bring the world together in Riyadh.” 

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