Riyadh: A delegation from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Enquiry Mission has held the first workshop to assess the Kingdom’s bid for hosting the World Expo 2030 in Riyadh as part of the BIE’s procedures to select the hosting country.

The first workshop was organized with the presence of Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO of Royal Commission for Riyadh City and members of the BIE’s visiting delegation as well as a number of representatives of concerned agencies.

The workshop discussed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Expo 2030 bid and the added value of hosting the high-profile global exhibition in Riyadh.

During the workshop, Al-Rasheed explained that Riyadh has the potential to host an exceptional version of the World Expo thanks to the special care and attention of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City. He also pointed out that Riyadh has hosted large international events before and has won international recognition in this filed.

The delegation has also met with Minister of Finance Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan and reviewed the details related to the Kingdom’s commitment to financial support the exhibition. The minister has voiced the Kingdom’s commitment to put in place all necessary preparations to finance and host the World Expo, including providing basic and operational expenditures.

Al-Jadaan added that the economic and financial reforms the Kingdom has witnessed as per the Saudi Vision 2030 have led to pushing and accelerating the growth rate, adding that the World Expo falls within the Kingdom’s initiatives which will contribute to creating various economic opportunities and achieving revenues to several sectors in Riyadh.