Category A1 International Horticultural Exhibition

14/10/2021 - 17/03/2022

Green Desert, Better Environment

Official Designation
The International Horticultural Exhibition EXPO 2021 Doha Qatar

Area (ha)


The Government of the State of Qatar has formally requested BIE approval to change the opening dates of Expo 2021 Doha to 2 October 2023 - 28 March 2024. The request follows in depth discussions between the Government of the State of Qatar, the Organiser, the BIE and the Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH) on the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Executive Committee of the BIE unanimously agreed to propose the postponement of Horticultural Expo 2021 Doha, with the BIE General Assembly to vote on the recommendation during its next meeting on 1 December 2020.

Horticultural Expo 2021 Doha will open its doors in October 2021 and host a 155-day celebration during the mild Qatari winter until its conclusion on 17 March 2022.

The event is projected to attract over 3 million visitors from over 80 countries - all of whom will enjoy unlimited complementary access.

The Expo will be a unique platform to experience modern agriculture technology, increase environmental awareness and instill sustainable values through the distinctive Expo theme and sub-themes.

The hosting of an International Horticultural Expo within an arid climate is expected to have a profound impact and major legacy role for Qatar and internationally.

The theme for Expo 2021 Doha Qatar, is "Green Desert, Better Environment", which aims to inspire and inform guests and the international community about innovative solutions to mitigate desertification.

Recent advances in horticultural techniques and technologies are enabling the ‘greening’ of desert environments and land surfaces threatened by desertification, which is increasing critical initiative to combat global water, energy, and food scarcity problems.

Successful results require strategic solutions through international cooperation, goal sharing, information exchange and technological innovation.

"Green Desert, Better Environment" is based around four subthemes:

  • Modern Agriculture - Providing innovation, research and scientific advancements to produce safe, sustainable and affordable food for the increasing population of the world.
  • Technology & Innovation - Incorporating new techniques to enhance farming productivity and balance environmental sustainability. Technological advancement has a critical role in establishing resilient and energy efficient farming methods, which greatly diminish the use of chemical-intensive agriculture.
  • Environmental Awareness - Raising global awareness to promote a long-term change in attitudes and behaviour towards the environment. It is a tool for encouraging the protection of natural resources, raising a sense of connection to the natural world and promoting sustainable development.
  • Sustainability - Sustaining a modern way of life that is compatible with biodiversity and ecological balance. A common objective for balancing different needs on both a local and global level to transform lifestyles, business practices and governmental policies that respects future generations by recognising global environmental problems.

The Expo site will be situated within the prominent central park - Al Bidda - in the heart of Doha.

The site is currently divided into three distinctive areas, of which the Northern portion (approximately 70 hectares in size) will host the international event. The remaining two zones (approximately 100 hectares in size) will be used for a variety of complementary functions and experiences.

The Expo site is well located, being just moments from the Corniche (Doha’s pedestrian waterfront promenade) and the pedestrianised historical core of Doha - Msheireb and Souq Waqif.

The site benefits from excellent connectivity with it being served by two newly developed metro stations (Corniche station & Al Bidda station) and five large underground car-parking facilities.

The site has a gently sloping incline which yields spectacular panoramic views across the park and Doha’s impressive skyline.

Today, Al Bidda is one of the most cherished and well-used public spaces in Doha. Its landscape is mature, beautifully designed and attracts a wide variety of wildlife.

Such advantageous natural conditions, coupled with undeveloped land reserves means Al Bidda is perfectly positioned to host such a prestigious international event.

Doha, located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, is the capital and most populous city of the State of Qatar and a growing economic centre.

Recognised for its contemporary architecture and cultural attractions, Doha seamlessly merges past, present and the future together, for which it is recognised as one of the New7Wonder Cities in 2015.

Doha’s new international airport with its national airline - Qatar Airways - constitutes a leading worldwide network connecting the city with destinations around the world. The new Metro system under construction will provide one of the most advanced new urban infrastructure systems in the Gulf Region and provides unprecedented support for Expo 2021 Doha and the subsequent 2022 FIFA World Cup – both of which will showcase Doha and its unique offering to the world.