Riyadh to regale with World Expo razzmatazz


Riyadh will host Expo 2030 Image: Riyadh Expo 2030

Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh was chosen on November 28th to host the 2030 World Expo following its bid that focused on shaping a prosperous and sustainable future, beating out Rome (Italy) and the South Korean port City of Busan for an event expected to draw millions of visitors.

‘AP’ stated that members of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions chose Riyadh with a majority of 119 out of 165 votes during a closed-door meeting in the suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux (France). Busan got 29 votes and Rome 17. The result was greeted with cheers by the Saudi delegation.

The World Expo is a gathering of nations to showcase their products, craftsmanship and hometowns. It’s also a place to find solutions to pressing challenges. The World Expo is also known as the International Registered Exhibition.

The 2030 World Expo is an international exhibition that will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Expo will run from October 1st, 2030 to March 31st, 2031. The theme is – ‘The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow’.

Paris (France)-based the Bureau international des Expositions is an intergovernmental organization created to supervise international exhibitions falling under the jurisdiction of the Convention Relating to International Exhibitions.

‘AP’ further stated that Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, welcomed the vote as an “expression of the trust that the international community has in what we have to offer… but also in its alignment with our own vision (for) 2030 and everything that we advocate for, which is a shared pathway to prosperity for all of the countries of the world. We are committed to living up to the expectations and delivering an extraordinary Expo.”

Saudi Vision 2030 is a Government program that aims to diversify the Saudi Arabian economy and reduce the country’s dependence on oil revenue. The program was launched in April 2016.

The Saudi plans include a major public transit network and a futuristic, round space with public parks, e-game facilities, large-scale performance stages, and sport venues. The project includes a focus on “accelerating innovations” to preserve the natural ecosystems.

“The legacy of Riyadh Expo 2030 will go beyond the buildings,” Prince bin Farhan added, promising “fantastic” architecture.

He further stated, “We are about a journey, a journey that brings the world together… So that will be the legacy, working together for a brighter, more prosperous future.”

Saudi Arabia hopes the Expo will bring 40 million of visitors to its capital City.

With the stakes high, each City escalated its campaign efforts, showcasing unique visions and ambitious promises to secure the rights to the globally prestigious event.

These events have evolved to not only be celebrations of human ingenuity, but also opportunities for Host Cities to catalyze economic growth and global recognition.

They generally are held every five years, with the next one scheduled in Osaka, Japan, in 2025.

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