Riyadh is ready,’ revealed a first look at what the visitors of Expo 2030 can expect. In just 39 seconds, a video circulated across social media, sweeps across Riyadh’s 2030 skyline, showcasing the metropolis’s dramatic evolution. It also sheds light on Saudi Arabia’s focus on sustainability, which will be a key theme of Expo 2030.
Saudi Arabia’s location as a “bridge connecting north, south, east and west” means it could host a “truly inclusive” World Expo, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Arabian foreign minister, told the 172nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris yesterday.
“It is a strategic priority for the Kingdom to deliver an Expo built by the world, for the world, an Expo which recognizes global diversity, and we seek the opportunity to organize an Expo that continues the legacy of international exhibitions at a time when the international community seeks to prepare for a transition to a sustainable and more equal future”
The news has significantly energized the tourism, entertainment, construction, and logistics sectors – simultaneously instilling an even greater sense of urgency. Ambitious projects, including futuristic cities and infrastructural marvels like the Riyadh Metro, a 6 Million m² area of the Expo site, underscore the nation’s dedication to transformative change. The rapid execution on various fronts has heightened the need for swift innovation, in light of the numerous global events scheduled in the upcoming years. Ibrahim Al-Sultan, acting CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, told the assembly “The work has already begun”.
The journey towards Vision 2030’s finish line is set to culminate with the grandeur of Expo 2030, opening the doors to a new decade marked by the hosting of the 2034 World Cup – laying the foundation for Vision 2040.
With $7.8 billion worth of investments allocated for the Expo 2030 so far, Riyadh is prepared to build the infrastructure required to host 246 official participants from across the globe. What aims to be the ‘most connected’ Expo, will adopt renewable energy with zero carbon emissions. This paints a sustainable future for the Kingdom as it sets its track to derive 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and further drive the growth of achieving net-zero emissions by 2060. Given the emerging nature of the sustainability sector in Saudi Arabia, there’s a massive opportunity for international and regional climate tech companies. This scenario calls for these businesses to extend their innovative solutions to the Kingdom, catering to the increasing demand for sustainable products and practices within Saudi. The influx of sustainable and climate-conscious companies into these mega-projects indicates that Saudi Arabia is perceived as a global testbed for innovation in construction, supported by substantial investments and a strong commitment to fostering innovation and creativity.