Paris, 20 June 2023 (TDI): Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman attended the Kingdom’s official reception in Paris on Monday to garner international support for Riyadh’s candidacy to host Expo 2030.

Delegates from 179 member countries of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is a host organization for the World Expo, also attended the reception.

Saudi Arabia Plans for Riyadh Expo 2030

The Royal Commission for Riyadh City hosted the reception and depicted the Kingdom’s aptitude as well as its potential to host Expo 2030 in Riyadh ahead of the BIE General Assembly’s final voting to elect the host city for the event in November 2023.

During the reception, an exhibition was held, introducing the participants to the historical and cultural depths of the kingdom. Moreover, the exhibition showcased Riyadh’s prominent political and economic standing, its unique geographical location, and its advanced infrastructure, making it an excellent fit for hosting Expo for the year 2030.

The attendees virtually explored Riyadh in 2030, commencing their journey from King Salman International Airport and leading them through the city’s notable landmarks and projects, including the Riyadh Sports Boulevard, King Salman Park, Qiddiya, and Diriyah Gate.

The Saudi Crown Prince also met with the Secretary General of BIE, Dimitri Kerkentzes, in Paris on the sidelines of Riyadh’s reception. The two leaders discussed the Kingdom’s proposal to host Riyadh Expo 2030.

Opportunities for the Kingdom

This Expo will provide the Kingdom with an opportunity to communicate its story of phenomenal national transformation with the international community. Additionally, this Expo will highlight the diversification of the Kingdom’s oil-dependent economy under its Vision 2030 to the world.

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Saudi Arabia proposed to host Expo 2030 under the theme “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow.” The reception was an important part of the nomination procedure for countries to host the expo in their capital cities.

A high-level Saudi delegation attended the reception, including ministers and senior officials, as well as all BIE member states, members of international organizations such as UNESCO, and representatives of Saudi diplomatic missions in France.

The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Faisal Bin Farhan presents the Riyadh plan for Expo 2030 to the 172nd general assembly calling it an opportunity to unify our efforts on globally impactful projects.

Besides Saudi Arabia, Italy (Rome), South Korea (Busan), and Ukraine (Odesa) are competing to host Expo 2030.