Saudi Arabia has won the right to host the World Expo 2030 (Expo 2030) in Riyadh, the kingdom's Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

In a vote by members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris, Riyadh's bid received 119 votes, leaving behind the South Korean city of Busan, which received 29 votes, and the Italian capital Rome, with 17 votes.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said on his Twitter account that "the year of the exhibition coincides with the time to summarize the achievements of the implementation of a large-scale program to transform the kingdom."

The Universal Expo – with a history that dates back to the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 and passes through the Universal Exhibition in Paris for which the Eiffel Tower was built – is a showcase that attracts millions of visitors with proposals to meet the challenges of each era.

The result of the vote is of primary interest to the kingdom, whose candidacy was led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who seeks to give visibility to his country through the organization of major events.

Saudi Arabia is also aiming to host the 2034 World Cup.

The 2030 World Expo will run from October 2031 to March <> and will be structured around the theme "The Age of Change: Together for a Forward-Looking Tomorrow".

The last World Expo took place in 2020 in Dubai and the next one is scheduled for 2025 in Osaka, Japan, under the theme "Designing the Future Society for Our Lives".

(With information from Sputnik)

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