Saudi Crown Prince Attends Paris Reception for Riyadh’s Expo 2030 Bid

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the reception ceremony for Riyadh's bid to host Expo 2030 (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the reception ceremony for Riyadh's bid to host Expo 2030 (Asharq Al-Awsat)
TT

Saudi Crown Prince Attends Paris Reception for Riyadh’s Expo 2030 Bid

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the reception ceremony for Riyadh's bid to host Expo 2030 (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the reception ceremony for Riyadh's bid to host Expo 2030 (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, demonstrated its organizational prowess in hosting Expo 2030 in the esteemed presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The city’s remarkable capabilities were highlighted as it presented the most prominent proposal to host this global event by the end of the decade.

Through the presented proposal, Riyadh revealed an allocated budget for organizing the event, amounting to approximately $7.3 billion. This budget is divided into $5.85 billion for capital expenses and $1.47 billion for operational expenses.

The personal involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the official reception of the Kingdom’s bid to host Expo 2030 in the French capital, Paris, sends a clear message about Saudi Arabia’s commitment to organizing this globally renowned trade event.

The Royal Commission for Riyadh City presented its proposal for hosting Expo 2030, which is expected to be held under the overarching theme of “The Age of Change: Together for a Foresighted Future.”

The proposal encompasses three sub-themes: “A Better Tomorrow,” “Climate Action,” and “Prosperity for All.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman highlighted the significance of the Expo’s main theme, stating that the Kingdom’s hosting of the event will coincide with a year of celebrating the culmination of efforts aimed at achieving the goals of Vision 2030.

Riyadh’s proposal addressed the projected global population of around 10 billion people by the year 2050, emphasizing the importance of enabling them to live in favorable conditions and lead prosperous lives.

This can be achieved through global innovation and technology, as well as by addressing challenges related to climate and environmental changes.

Additionally, the proposal emphasized the importance of providing equal opportunities and equality for all individuals.

The reception ceremony in Paris was organized on the eve of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), scheduled for Tuesday.

Representatives from 179 member countries attended the ceremony to learn about Riyadh’s readiness, plans, and projects for hosting the expo.

This served as a prelude to the voting process that will determine the host city for this event at the next BIE General Assembly meeting, scheduled to take place in November.

It is expected that Expo 2030 will attract around 40 million visitors to the site, along with one billion virtual visitors.

 



Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
TT

Saudi Leadership Congratulated on Success of Hajj

Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)
Muslim pilgrims walk on the second day of the devil stoning ritual, during the annual haj pilgrimage, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, June 17, 2024. (Reuters)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Tuesday messages of congratulations from Arab leaders on the success of this year’s Hajj.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa sent King Salman separate cables of congratulations.

They credited the success of the Hajj to the grace of God Almighty and the generous care of King Salman and his government and its institutions to ensure that pilgrims can perform their rituals in tranquility and safety.

Sheikh Mishal praised the progress of the expansion work carried out at the Grand Mosque, and the introduction of smart services and technologies at all holy sites to meet the needs of pilgrims and facilitate their performance of the Hajj.

He praised the significant role of Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Region, and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz for their tireless efforts and the coordination among all sectors concerned with Hajj affairs.

He wished Saudi Arabia and its noble people further progress and prosperity under the wise and prudent leadership of King Salman.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah sent cables of congratulations to King Salman.