UAE and Regional Leaders Congratulate Saudi Arabia on Winning Expo 2030 Bid

Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, was proclaimed the winner of the proposal to host the Expo 2030 World Fair by the Bureau International des Expositions following a vote by 182 members on Tuesday.

Vote Results Confirm Riyadh as Host City

Competing against South Korea's Busan and Italy's Rome, Riyadh secured the prestigious five-yearly event that attracts millions of visitors and substantial investments.

Regional Congratulations

After Saudi Arabia was awarded the right to host the 2030 Expo, President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates congratulated King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the Saudi people on their achievement. He stressed that the world community has acknowledged Saudi Arabia's road to development and prosperity.

Similarly, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, conveyed his congratulations to the leaders of Saudi Arabia on their stunning win. He emphasized the significance of Riyadh as the "capital of goodness and glory," expressing joy over the world's vote to make Riyadh the destination for Expo 2030.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also joined in the congratulations, expressing confidence in Riyadh's ability to dazzle the world through this monumental event.

The decision-making process

At the meeting, before the announcement, all of the candidates gave their final speeches and then voted behind closed doors. The stakes were high, so every city ramped up their campaign efforts, each offering a distinct vision in the hopes of securing the rights to this world-renowned event.

Campaign Highlights

  • Rome: In order to highlight the city's preparedness, the Italian capital hired actor Russell Crowe to appear in a promotional video. A green corridor linking the Expo site to historic landmarks and the largest urban solar park in the world were both part of the plans.

  • Busan: The South Korean port city highlighted its capabilities in artificial intelligence and 6G technology, bringing in cultural heavyweights like rapper Psy and K-pop supergroup BTS to bolster its bid.

  • Riyadh: A "Riyadh 2030" exhibit close to the Eiffel Tower was part of the winning city's massive marketing push. French President Emmanuel Macron backed the effort, which sought to diversify the Saudi economy and elevate the country's worldwide profile.

World Expo Legacy

The World Expo has been an annual event since 1851, giving countries a chance to display their cultural and technological advancements. These events have transformed into jubilant tributes to human creativity, providing host communities with chances to spur economic development and international renown. In 2025, the next Expo will be held in Osaka, Japan.

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