Saudi Arabia announces bid to host World Expo 2030

The proposed theme is ‘The era of change: Leading the planet to a foresighted tomorrow’

Saudi Arabia has announced its bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Riyadh.

In a letter to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the institution in charge of overseeing and regulating World Expos, His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, deputy prime minister and chairman of the board of directors of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, said: “We live in an era of change, and we face an unprecedented need for humanity’s collective action. It is clear that the whole world, as a collective, needs to work together to foresee the future and address, with its brightest minds, the challenges and opportunities that emanate from this change.

The 2030 World Expo in Riyadh would coincide with the culmination of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy. Launched by the Crown Prince in 2016, Saudi Vision 2030 is a framework to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism. 


Additional details of the proposal will be submitted to the BIE in Paris by December 2021.

This year, the UAE became the first Middle Eastern nation to host a World Expo event with host city Dubai expecting 25 million visits, both virtual and physical, over its six-month duration.

Expo 2030 will take place from October 1, 2030 to April 1, 2031.

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