Diriyah’s At-Turaif, Bujairi Terrace to Start Welcoming Visitors Next Week

The opening of At-Turaif neighborhood and the restaurants area in Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah represents a very important event in the Diriyah Gate development project (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The opening of At-Turaif neighborhood and the restaurants area in Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah represents a very important event in the Diriyah Gate development project (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Diriyah’s At-Turaif, Bujairi Terrace to Start Welcoming Visitors Next Week

The opening of At-Turaif neighborhood and the restaurants area in Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah represents a very important event in the Diriyah Gate development project (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The opening of At-Turaif neighborhood and the restaurants area in Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah represents a very important event in the Diriyah Gate development project (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al-Khateeb inaugurated the UNESCO World Heritage sites At-Turaif and the Bujairi Terrace in Diriyah on Monday. Visitors will start flocking to the sites on Dec. 4, marking a new stage in the history of Diriyah.

The Diriyah Gate Development Authority held a special gala dinner for several World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) delegates who were present in Riyadh for the 22nd WTTC Global Summit.

The opening of At-Turaif and the Bujairi Terrace is a very important event for the Diriyah Gate Development project, which has a value of $63.2 billion.

Today, Bujairi Terrace includes more than 20 restaurants, including four Michelin-starred restaurants, and a group of carefully selected Saudi restaurants that serve a varied menu of traditional and contemporary cuisine.

DGDA Group CEO Jerry Inzerillo said that the opening of the neighborhood again to the public “represents the beginning of a new era in the history of Diriyah, which is a symbol that embodies the history and values of the Saudi nation as it has been preserved over the centuries.”

Inzerillo stressed that Diriyah, once again, is presented as a place for the meeting of global cultures.

“This event represents a clear confirmation of the long-term and ambitious national transformation that the DGDA contributes through its comprehensive project system, foremost of which is the preservation of the Saudi cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible,” said Inzerillo.

According to Inzerillo, the At-Turaif neighborhood represents one of the most important historical sites in Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, Inzerillo stressed that the completion of a restaurants area in the Bujairi Terrace embodies the great and tangible progress of the DGDA’s contribution to the Quality of Life Program as one of the most important programs of “Saudi Vision 2030.”

The diversity offered by famous local and international restaurants will make Bujairi Terrace the first destination for luxury restaurants in the Kingdom.



Emir of Qatar, German President Assert Efforts to Resume Regional Peace Process

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (QNA)
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (QNA)
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Emir of Qatar, German President Assert Efforts to Resume Regional Peace Process

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (QNA)
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (QNA)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier have emphasized the necessity of resuming the comprehensive peace process in the Middle East, to ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Sheikh Tamim announced in a post on his official X account on Wednesday that he had had extensive talks with the German President, focusing on the cooperation between the two countries in investment and energy.

They discussed the latest developments in Gaza, emphasizing together the need to resume the comprehensive peace process in the Middle East, ensuring the establishment of an independent Palestinian state under international legitimacy resolutions.

The German President arrived in Doha from Muscat, where he spent an official three-day visit and met with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq.

The two sides reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance and develop them in all fields, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.

They also addressed the latest regional and international developments and matters of mutual interest.

Omani Foreign Minister Badr al-Busaidi said on X that the German President’s visit to Oman and the comprehensive discussions will undoubtedly deepen and expand the partnership, especially in energy and tourism.

The German President and his wife visited the Oman Across Ages Museum in the Wilayat of Manah in the al-Dakhiliyah Governorate.

They were briefed on the facility’s design inspired by the rugged topography of the al-Hajar Mountains. They toured the History Hall and the Renaissance Hall, which present interactive displays to the visitors.

They saw antiques and manuscripts demonstrating the depth and authenticity of Omani history. They were briefed about modern technologies that characterize the museum and the services that the museum provides for visitors.

They also visited the Nizwa Fort and listened to a brief explanation of its history.

After their visit, Steinmeier and his spouse signed the Senior Visitor’s Register, conveying their thanks for the hospitality and expressing happiness at learning about the history of the Sultanate of Oman.


Kuwait’s Emir Hospitalized Due to Emergency Health Problem

Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Kuna
Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Kuna
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Kuwait’s Emir Hospitalized Due to Emergency Health Problem

Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Kuna
Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Kuna

The Emir of Kuwait was hospitalized Wednesday “due to an emergency health problem” but later reported to be in stable condition.

Wednesday night, authorities put out a new statement urging the public to only take information from “official sources” about Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah’s health.

They also added he was receiving the medication he needed.


FMs of Arab, Islamic Countries Meet with UN Chief, China FM to Discuss Gaza

The Arab and Islamic ministers meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York. (SPA)
The Arab and Islamic ministers meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York. (SPA)
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FMs of Arab, Islamic Countries Meet with UN Chief, China FM to Discuss Gaza

The Arab and Islamic ministers meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York. (SPA)
The Arab and Islamic ministers meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York. (SPA)

Members of the Ministerial Committee assigned by the Joint Arab-Islamic Extraordinary Summit held talks in New York on Wednesday with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Meeting at the UN headquarters, they discussed developments in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings and what the humanitarian truce achieved in the release of some prisoners and their return to their families.

They tackled efforts exerted towards an immediate ceasefire, and the importance of the international community fulfilling its responsibility towards the commitment in protecting civilians and ensuring the application of the rules of international law and international humanitarian law.

The meeting focused on the importance of implementing UN resolution on the protection and security of the Palestinian people from violations committed by the Israeli forces, and returning to the path of peace by implementing international resolutions related to the two-state solution and enabling the Palestinian people to obtain their legitimate rights to establish an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The members of the Ministerial Committee reiterated their demand for the importance of the international community taking all effective measures to ensure securing relief corridors for the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid to Gaza, stressing their categorical rejection of all forms of blatant settlement and forced displacement of the Palestinian people.

The committee members included its chairman Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Qatari Prime Minister and FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister and FM Ayman al-Safadi, Palestinian FM Riad Malki, Turkish FM Hakan Fidan, Indonesian FM Retno Marsudi, Malaysian FM Dr. Zambry Abd Kadir, UAE Minister of State Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

The committee later met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to also discuss Gaza.

The officials were in New York for a UN Security Council meeting focusing on Gaza.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Prince Faisal said the aid entering Gaza was "far less than is needed."

"The danger is that if ... this truce expires we will return to the killing at the scale that we have seen, which is unbearable," he said. "So we are here to make a clear statement that a truce is not enough. What is needed is a ceasefire."

Guterres warned that the Gaza Strip was in the midst of an "epic humanitarian catastrophe," as calls grew for a ceasefire to replace the temporary truce between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants.

"Intense negotiations are taking place to prolong the truce – which we strongly welcome - but we believe we need a true humanitarian ceasefire," he told the Security Council.


Saudi Arabia: Attack on Gaza Greatly Damaged Credibility of Int’l Community 

Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)
Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia: Attack on Gaza Greatly Damaged Credibility of Int’l Community 

Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)
Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya delivers his remarks at the conference in The Hague. (SPA)

Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ziad Al-Atiya underlined on Tuesday the Kingdom’s firm position for the need to bolster international cooperation to ban all forms of weapons of mass destruction and prevent their proliferation.

He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s call to transform the Middle East into a region free of these weapons.

He made his remarks during his participation in the 28th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CSP-28) in The Hague.

He underlined Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation of Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip and its violation of the very essence of the international system and its legal foundations.

He said the attack greatly damaged the international community’s credibility and left a deep wound in humanity and its faith in an international community that is ruled by law.

This therefore demands an immediate ceasefire and the need to tackle the humanitarian catastrophe, Al-Atiya went on to say.

Moreover, he said no signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention should be allowed to shirk its responsibility towards its obligations. Israel is a signatory of the agreement, but it has not ratified it.

Israel doesn’t have the right to hide behind its signature. This does not exempt it from its responsibility in any violation, added the envoy.

He reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of the calls for the forced displacement of the Palestinian people from Gaza. He renewed its condemnation of the continued attacks against innocent civilians there, stressing the need to open safe corridors immediately and deliver humanitarian aid to the people.


Saudi Crown Prince, Brazilian President Hold Talks, Witness Signing of Bilateral MoU

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince, Brazilian President Hold Talks, Witness Signing of Bilateral MoU

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)
Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace. (SPA)

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, received President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah palace, SPA said on Tuesday.
An official welcome ceremony was held for the Brazilian president.
The Crown Prince extended a warm welcome to the Brazilian President at the beginning of their meeting and wished him and his accompanying delegation a pleasant stay.
The Brazilian president expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the warm hospitality and gracious reception received.
The two men reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federative Republic of Brazil and discussed joint coordination to enhance cooperation in various fields.
They explored promising investment opportunities in both nations to serve mutual interests. They also addressed the regional and international developments, as well as issues of common interest and the efforts directed towards them.
Attending the talks were Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Energy; Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Cabinet Member; Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Sports; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard; and Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense.
The meeting was also attended by the Saudi Minister of State, Cabinet's Member and National Security Advisor, Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of Commerce, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi; Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli; Minister of Investment, Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih; Minister of Finance, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan; and the Saudi Ambassador to Brazil, Faisal bin Ibrahim Ghulam.
From the Brazilian side, the attendees included President of the National Congress Rodrigo Otavio Soares Pacheco; Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office Rui Costa; Minister of Finance Fernando Haddad; Minister of Ports and Airports Silvio Costa Filho; Minister of Agriculture Carlos Favaro; Minister of Mines and Energy Alexandre Silveira; and various other senior Brazilian officials.
Afterwards, the Crown Prince and the Brazilian President witnessed the signing ceremony of a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of energy between the Saudi Ministry of Energy and the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy.
Prince Abdulaziz signed the MoU from the Saudi side while Silveira signed from the Brazilian side.


Saudi Arabia Stresses Need for Comprehensive End to All Military Operations in Gaza 

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Stresses Need for Comprehensive End to All Military Operations in Gaza 

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chairs the cabinet meeting in Riyadh. (SPA)

The Saudi government underlined on Tuesday the remarks by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, at the Extraordinary Joint Meeting of BRICS Leaders and leaders of invited BRICS members on the situation in the Middle East, with particular focus on Gaza.

Crown Prince Mohammed had called for a complete halt of military operations in Gaza and stressed the need to protect civilians.

He also reiterated the Kingdom's unyielding stance that the only way to achieve security and stability was through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz chaired the cabinet meeting that was held in Riyadh.

The ministers were briefed on the telephone call Crown Prince Mohammed received from the Ukrainian president earlier this week. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between their countries. Saudi Arabia underscored its keenness on and support to international efforts aimed at reaching a political solution to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

The cabinet reviewed the outcomes of the Kingdom’s participation in several international meetings and events as part of its efforts to “bolster solidarity between brothers and cooperation between friends,” reported the Saudi Press Agency.

After the meeting, Media Minister Salman Al-Dosary said the cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment, made during the G20 virtual meeting under India's presidency, to continue its comprehensive efforts to address climate change.

It reiterated its commitment to prioritize implementing the joint framework for addressing debts in a way that highlights interest in deepening international cooperation in various fields and reaching tangible solutions to support the global economy.

The cabinet reviewed the outcomes of the Fifth Arab Water Conference held in Riyadh, highlighting the Kingdom's proactive role in addressing water challenges at both the regional and international levels. This includes the initiative to establish the Global Water Organization and the development of technological solutions to achieve sustainable water security.


Saudi Arabia and US Strengthen Partnership in Research, Development and Innovation

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.
The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.
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Saudi Arabia and US Strengthen Partnership in Research, Development and Innovation

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.
The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha, met in the United States with the Director of the US National Science Foundation.

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Space Commission, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha , met with the Director of the US National Science Foundation, to discuss the partnership between the two sides and empowering innovative scientists and researchers in priority fields, SPA said on Wednesday.
This came during Eng. Al-Swaha's current visit to the United States of America.
Al-Swaha also met with the Director of the National Institute of Health, to discuss research projects and innovative solutions in the field of health.
Discussions also focused on the promotion of innovations to serve humanity by finding urgent solutions for the global health challenges in line with the national priorities for research, development and innovation announced by Saudi Arabia.


Gulf Countries Congratulate King Salman on Saudi Arabia’s Winning Bid to Host Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
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Gulf Countries Congratulate King Salman on Saudi Arabia’s Winning Bid to Host Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

Gulf countries and organizations congratulated on Tuesday Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saudi Arabia winning its bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh. 

Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent a message of congratulations to King Salman on the occasion. 

Sheikh Mishal stressed that this distinguished achievement is a source of pride and honor for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries and the sisterly Arab countries.  

It symbolizes the great confidence of the international community in the competence of the Kingdom and its great capabilities in organizing international events and hosting the World Expo, he added.  

He wished for King Salman continued health, hoping he will achieve all progress and prosperity for the Kingdom and its honorable people under the wise leadership.  

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah also sent King Salman a similar cable on the occasion. 

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Deputy Emir Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani, and Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani also congratulated King Salman on the winning bid. 

In a cable to King Salman, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa described the success as an embodiment of the Kingdom’s significant international standing. 

It is the latest in the series of achievements it has accomplished in all fields, he added. 

King Hamad praised the close historical and fraternal relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and their brotherly peoples and the high level they have reached in all fields. 

He wished the Kingdom and its people continued progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. 

Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa sent a similar cable to King Salman and another to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. 

Oman congratulated Saudi Arabia on its victory in hosting Expo 2030 in the city of Riyadh. 

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it expressed its full confidence in the capabilities of the Kingdom in organizing Expo 2030 in a way that will bring more benefits to the entire region and elevate the status of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and their attractiveness in hosting major international events. 

GCC Secretary General Jassem Mohamed Albudaiwi congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed on Riyadh’s successful bid. 

He stressed that the win is a great indication of the Kingdom's distinguished international standing, high ability and professionalism in organizing such global events. 

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Hussein Ibrahim Taha echoed Albudaiwi’s remarks, adding that the success was the result of relentless and intense efforts by the Saudi leadership. 

He wished Saudi Arabia further success, stating that selecting Riyadh to host the World Expo is a triumph not only for the Kingdom but the entire Islamic world. 

The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) congratulated the Kingdom on its successful bid. 

ICESCO Director-General Dr. Salim M. Al-Malik said the victory is the latest achievement by the Kingdom under the wise leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed. 

He added that the event embodies the success of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which includes among its ambitious goals transforming Riyadh into one of the top 10 cities in the world. 

Riyadh’s hosting of this global event is an opportunity to highlight Islamic culture and its contributions to human civilization throughout history, he remarked. 

Arab Parliament Speaker Adel Al-Asoomi congratulated Saudi Arabia on the winning bid. 

The achievement reflects the progress made under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed, which under their guidance, has steered the march of comprehensive development across various sectors, he noted. 

In a statement, the Arab Parliament described the hosting of Expo 2030 as a significant Arab achievement that enhances the Kingdom’s position as a leading global destination in the fields of trade, culture, and development. 


Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates King Salman on Riyadh’s Win to Host World Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
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Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates King Salman on Riyadh’s Win to Host World Expo 2030 

A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)
A light display created using drones is performed after Riyadh won the right to host the 2030 World Expo at King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, on November 28, 2023. (AFP)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, extended on Tuesday congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Saudi Arabia winning the bid to host the World Expo 2030 in Riyadh.

This momentous announcement was made on Tuesday by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which designated the Kingdom as the host for this global event, scheduled to take place from October 2030 until March 2031.

Expressing gratitude to the nations that supported the Kingdom's bid, as well as to the two competing countries, the Crown Prince said: "The Kingdom's selection as the host of the World Expo 2030 underlines its influential and leading role, and the international confidence it enjoys. Saudi Arabia has become an ideal destination for hosting major international events, including the esteemed World Expo."

Reaffirming the Kingdom's commitment to holding an extraordinary and unparalleled edition of the World Expo, Crown Prince Mohammed emphasized the importance of being an active and positive role model in the drive to shape a brighter future for humanity. The Expo is bound to provide a global platform that leverages cutting-edge technologies and brings together the brightest minds to capitalize on opportunities and address the challenges that the planet faces today.

"The World Expo 2030 coincides with a crucial year for the realization of the goals and plans outlined in Saudi Vision 2030," stated the Crown Prince.

"This Expo represents a remarkable opportunity to share with the world the lessons learned from our unprecedented journey of transformation."

Crown Prince Mohammed stressed Riyadh’s readiness to welcome the world at Expo 2030, and the fact that it will fulfill the obligations stipulated in the bid with the aim of achieving the main theme of the expo, “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”, and its sub-topics: “A Different Tomorrow”, “Climate Action” and “Prosperity for All”.

Riyadh is the capital of a country that enjoys a strategic and important geographical location. The country acts as an important bridge linking continents, which makes it an attractive destination for the most prominent international forums, global investments and visits, and a gateway to the world.

Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Riyadh has received great direct support from the Crown Prince ever since it announced on October 29, 2021 that it had submitted an official application to BIE, the organizing body for the World Expo.

BIE announced that the Kingdom will be hosting the exhibition after a secret ballot cast during the 173rd General Assembly of BIE in Paris.

The Kingdom’s bid received 119 votes from member states. Two other cities competed alongside Riyadh: Busan, in South Korea, and Rome, in Italy.

Held since 1851, World Expos is the largest global platform for presenting the latest achievements and technologies, promoting international cooperation in economic development, trade, arts and culture, and disseminating science and technology.


Saudi Arabia to Host Expo 2030 in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)
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Saudi Arabia to Host Expo 2030 in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)
Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair. (Royal Commission for Riyadh City)

Saudi Arabia's Riyadh will host the Expo 2030 world fair, the vote results from 182 members of the Bureau International des Expositions showed on Tuesday.

South Korea's Busan and Italy's Rome were also in the running to host the world fair, a five-yearly event that attracts millions of visitors and billions of dollars in investment.  

Riyadh was picked by a majority of 119 out of 165 votes. Busan won 29 and Rome 17.

During a presentation of the Riyadh file, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah underlined the Kingdom’s commitment to host the global event and offer an extraordinary edition of the world fair.

The expo, held under the theme “The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow”, will focus on sustainable development goals and launch a number of solutions for the advancement of mankind, he added.  

The Saudi delegation at the presentation said the expo will focus on achieving “a better tomorrow,” “climate work” and “prosperity for all,” to form a cohesive framework to tackle common global challenges in the economy, environment, geo-political, social and technological spheres.  

A budget of 7.8 billion dollars has been allocated to hold the expo.  

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, had underscored the Kingdom’s determination to offer an exceptional and unprecedented edition of the expo as it seeks to develop Riyadh into one of the world’s top ten cities - in line with Vision 2030 – in terms of its economy, quality of life and competitiveness along with other factors.

The Saudi capital has proposed to host the event between October 2030 and March 2031.

The World Expo has a storied history of bringing together nations to showcase technological innovations and cultural achievements. Since the inaugural event in 1851, Expos have been platforms for introducing groundbreaking inventions such as the light bulb, the Ferris wheel and the Eiffel Tower itself, which was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.

These events have evolved to not only be celebrations of human ingenuity, but also opportunities for host cities to catalyze economic growth and global recognition.