November 29, 2023

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia: Ready to Embrace the World in “Expo Riyadh 2030”

Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his participation in the official ceremony for Riyadh's candidacy to host "Expo 2030" in Paris last June

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, congratulated King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday on Saudi Arabia’s victory in hosting Expo 2030 in Riyadh. He affirmed the Kingdom’s readiness to welcome the world and harness all its capabilities.

This comes after the International Bureau of Exhibitions announced Saudi Arabia’s win to host the Expo from October 2030 to March 2031. The Saudi proposal received 119 votes from member countries during the secret electronic voting at the 173rd General Assembly of the Bureau in Paris. Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed gratitude to the countries that voted for Riyadh, as well as the competing countries, South Korea (Busan) and Italy (Rome).

The Crown Prince stated that this victory solidifies Saudi Arabia’s leading and pivotal role and the international confidence it enjoys. This positions the Kingdom as an ideal destination for hosting major global events, with “Expo” being a prime example.

The Kingdom reaffirmed its commitment to present an exceptional and unprecedented version of this global event, contributing actively and positively to a brighter future for humanity. This includes providing a global platform that harnesses the latest technologies and brings together the brightest minds to optimize opportunities and offer solutions to the challenges facing our planet today.

He added, “Our hosting of Expo 2030 will coincide with the targeted achievements and plans of Saudi Vision 2030,” considering the expo as a splendid opportunity to share the lessons learned from an unprecedented transformation journey with the world.

Riyadh expressed its readiness to host the world at “Expo 2030” and fulfill its commitments outlined in the file to achieve the main theme of the exhibition, “Era of Change: Together We Anticipate the Future,” and its sub-themes: “A Better Tomorrow, Climate Action, and Prosperity for All.” The city capitalizes on all its potentials.

Riyadh, the capital of a strategically important country, serves as a crucial bridge connecting continents, making it an attractive destination for major international events, global investments, and visits—a gateway to the world.

The candidacy file submitted by Riyadh to host “Expo 2030” received significant and direct support from the Crown Prince, starting from Saudi Arabia’s official application to the International Bureau of Exhibitions on October 29, 2021.

Expos have been held since 1851, serving as the largest global platform to showcase the latest achievements and technologies, promote international cooperation in economic development, trade, arts, culture, and disseminate science and technology.

 

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

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