The city of Paris bristles with anticipation as the International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE) prepares to announce the host city for Expo 2030. The competition is fierce, with Riyadh, Rome, and Busan, South Korea, in the running. As the final moments approach, each party is vigorously promoting their candidate city. Observers note that this year's race to attract voters is unprecedented in recent decades, with each contender highlighting their qualifications and unique offerings.
Unprecedented Competition and Security Measures
Heightened security and a significant media presence are observed at the Palais des Congr�s in Issy-les-Moulineaux, south of Paris. Access to the press has been restricted to a pre-approved list to manage the crowds. The race for the Expo host is not only about prestige but offers an opportunity to showcase cultural legacy, present achievements, and future aspirations.
Riyadh's Robust Bid
Saudi Arabia is optimistic about winning, emphasizing Riyadh's robust bid and its lack of previous opportunities to host BIE-supervised expos, unlike Italy and South Korea. The Saudi bid aligns with its Vision 2030, aiming to present a promising future roadmap. The Riyadh Expo 2030, coinciding with the culmination of Saudi Vision 2030, aims to share lessons from Saudi Arabia's transformation and provide a platform for addressing global challenges.
Resounding Victory in the First Round
Congratulations poured in from regional leaders, including Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar and the Crown Prince of Kuwait, as Riyadh secured a resounding victory in the first round of voting. The Saudi delegation celebrated in Paris, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged an unprecedented Expo in 2030. He reinforced Riyadh's leadership role and global trust, highlighting the commitment to deliver an unforgettable Expo experience.