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Riyadh Wins Bid to Host Expo 2023—Everything to Know About the Global Event

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In a resounding triumph, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, won the bid to host Expo 2030, as announced by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The event, held once every five years, witnessed Riyadh securing a decisive 119 votes, surpassing competitors Busan and Rome.

This achievement marks a diplomatic milestone for Saudi Arabia, echoing the success of Qatar’s hosting of the soccer World Cup last year. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol graciously congratulated Saudi Arabia, expressing their nation’s commitment as a key partner in ensuring the success of the event.


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The bid’s success is a testament to the tireless efforts of Saudi Arabia’s delegation, with notable support from figures like Cristiano Ronaldo, who passionately endorsed Riyadh in a pre-vote video. The win aligns seamlessly with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030, a comprehensive program aimed at diversifying the nation’s economy.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud expressed gratitude for the support of 130 nations and outlined Expo 2030’s vision—dubbed “The Era of Change.” This thematic focus underscores global collaboration on sustainability and inclusivity, in harmony with UN goals and Saudi Vision 2030. The significance of Expo 2030 lies not only in Riyadh’s hosting debut but also in its commitment to fostering a collaborative global effort. Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al Mogrin, highlighting the bid’s theme, “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow,” emphasized Riyadh’s pivotal role in addressing global challenges.

With officials projecting the capability to welcome 120 million visitors, Riyadh gears up for a transformative event that not only marks a momentous chapter for Saudi Arabia but also signifies a shared success for the Gulf region.

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