2030 Riyadh
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategoryInternational Registered Exhibition
NameExpo 2030
MottoThe Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow
CountrySaudi Arabia
Bidding10 May 2021 (2021-29-10)
Awarded28 November 2023 (2023-11-28)
Opening1 October 2030 (2030-10-01)
Closure31 March 2031 (2031-03-31)
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2025 in Osaka
NextExpo 2035
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2027 in Belgrade
NextExpo 2033
Horticultural expositions
PreviousExpo 2027 in Yokohama

Expo 2030 (Arabic: إكسبو 2030) is an upcoming World Expo organised and sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will take place for five months during the second half of 2030 and the beginning of 2031. The opening ceremony is scheduled for to be held on 1 October 2030 and the closing is scheduled for 31 March 2031. Riyadh will be the second Arab city to host the Expo after Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2020.[1][2]


The theme for the expo is "The Era of Change: Together for a Foresighted Tomorrow" with sub-themes of " A Different Tomorrow", "Climate Action" and "Prosperity for All".

Candidature process

Russia was the first to submit a bid, with a submission for Moscow[3] on 29 April 2021.[4] This opened a six-month window for other submissions to be made by 29 October.[4] Following five conferences to attract attention for a 2030 bid,[5] South Korea submitted a proposal for Busan on 23 June 2021.[4] Italy was the third country to submit a bid, proposing the city of Rome as host city.[6] Ukraine submitted a bid for Odesa on 15 October.[7] Saudi Arabia submitted a bid for Riyadh on 29 October.[8]

On 29 October 2021, BIE confirmed five bids for the Expo 2030:[9] Russia had proposed a bid for Moscow, but withdrew in May 2022 following its military invasion of Ukraine.[10] Ukraine had proposed a bid for Odesa, but was excluded in June 2023 due to the Russian invasion of the country, leaving three bids left in the running. In the final vote for hosting nation on 28 November, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, was elected as the host city of World Expo 2030.[11][12]


Withdrawn candidates


World Expo 2030 bidding results:[11]
Candidates Nation Votes
Riyadh  Saudi Arabia 119
Busan  South Korea 29
Rome  Italy 17
None of bid 0
Abstention 17
Total 182



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  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia to Host World Expo 2030, in Victory for Crown Prince". the newyork times.com. 2023-11-28. Retrieved 2023-11-29.
  3. ^ "Новая Москва может принять Всемирную выставку ЭКСПО-2030". stroi.mos.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "The Republic of Korea applies to organise World Expo 2030 in Busan". Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Busan World Expo 2030 Project at the heart of a 5th International Conference". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Draghi, governo candiderà Roma per Expo 2030 - Ultima Ora". Agenzia ANSA (in Italian). 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  7. ^ "Ukraine applies to organise World Expo 2030 in Odesa". bie-paris.org. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  8. ^ "Saudi capital Riyadh enters race to host 2030 World Expo". Saudigazette. 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2021-10-29.
  9. ^ "List of candidates for World Expo 2030". bie-paris.org. 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2022-03-06.
  10. ^ "Russian Federation withdraws World Expo 2030 candidature".
  11. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia elected host country of World Expo 2030". bie-paris.org. 28 November 2023.
  12. ^ "World Expo 2030: Riyadh wins bid to host major event in Saudi Arabia".