Riyadh Wins Bid to Host 2030 World Expo, Focused on a Prosperous and Sustainable Future
shaping Tomorrow: Riyadh's Triumph in Hosting the 2030 World Expo Marks a Vision for Prosperity and Sustainability
Triumph in France
Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, secured the privilege of hosting the 2030 World Expo after a successful bid emphasizing a vision for a prosperous and sustainable future. This victory came after competing against Rome and Busan, the South Korean port city, in a closed-door meeting where Riyadh received a majority of 119 out of 165 votes.
Vision for 2030
Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, expressed gratitude for the international community’s trust in the kingdom’s vision for 2030. He emphasized the alignment of the Expo with their commitment to shared prosperity for all nations.
“We are committed to living up to the expectations and delivering an extraordinary expo,” Prince Faisal said. The Saudi plans for the Expo include a comprehensive public transit network, a futuristic round space with public parks, e-game facilities, large-scale performance stages, and sports venues. The project also focuses on accelerating innovations to preserve natural ecosystems.
Legacy Beyond Buildings
“The legacy of Riyadh Expo 2030 will go beyond the buildings,” Prince Faisal added, promising remarkable architecture and highlighting the journey of bringing the world together for a brighter future.
Saudi Arabia aspires to attract 40 million visitors to its capital city through the Expo.
Despite criticisms related to human rights allegations, including the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s bid garnered official support from French President Emmanuel Macron. The country’s marketing campaign, featuring a “Riyadh 2030” exhibit near the Eiffel Tower and extensive advertising across Paris, played a crucial role in securing the Expo.
The decision to award Riyadh the Expo also positions Saudi Arabia as a probable host for the men’s 2034 FIFA World Cup. The Expo is seen as an opportunity to expand on the country’s development plans, according to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Rome had actor Russell Crowe endorsing its bid, and Busan brought in cultural heavyweights like Psy and BTS. Each presented unique visions and ambitious promises. However, Riyadh’s successful bid marks its commitment to shaping a future that extends beyond the Expo’s buildings.
The World Expo, known for showcasing technological innovations and cultural achievements, has a rich history dating back to 1851. These events have not only celebrated human ingenuity but also provided host cities with opportunities for economic growth and global recognition. The Expo is generally held every five years, with the next one scheduled in Osaka, Japan, in 2025. (AP)