| 17 July 2024, Wednesday |

Saudi Arabia to bid for hosting World Cup 2034

Saudi Arabia unveiled on Wednesday its intention to bid for hosting World Cup 2034 as part of a comprehensive plan, through which the Kingdom’s Football Federation aims to provide an extraordinary and unprecedented experience to delight football enthusiasts worldwide.

This comes after Saudi Arabia’s remarkable successes in hosting numerous global sports events and activities.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman emphasized his country’s desire to host the 2034 World Cup as a reflection of the comprehensive progress the Kingdom has achieved across all levels and domains.

This has positioned Saudi Arabia as a leading hub and international focal point for hosting major global events in various fields.

The nation possesses significant economic resources and a rich cultural and historical heritage, making it well-suited for such a responsibility.

The Crown Prince further indicated that the intention to host the World Cup serves as a testament to Saudi Arabia’s clear and substantial efforts in promoting messages of peace and love worldwide.

Sport, being one of its most prominent facets, serves as a vital means for people of different races and cultures to come together, a goal that Saudi Arabia consistently strives to achieve in various domains, including the realm of sports.

The Kingdom is gearing up to host the FIFA Club World Cup in December in Jeddah, the 2027 Asian Cup, the 2029 Asian Winter Games in NEOM, and the 2034 Asian Games.

In the meantime, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) announced that the European, African, and South American football associations have jointly nominated one candidate to host the 2030 World Cup.

This nomination came from Morocco and Spain and Portugal, with plans to host three matches in South America, specifically in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI congratulated his people for the unanimous approval of the joint bid presented by Morocco, Spain, and Portugal to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat