Category A1 International Horticultural Exhibition

02/10/2023 - 28/03/2024

Green Desert, Better Environment

Official Designation
The International Horticultural Exhibition EXPO 2023 Doha Qatar

Area (ha)



The International Horticultural Exhibition, Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar, will be the first International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in the Middle East and North Africa region. It adopts the theme of Green Desert, Better Environment, which aims to inspire and inform people about innovative solutions with the aim to mitigate and reduce desertification.

Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha will open its doors on 2 October 2023 and host a 179-day celebration during the mild Qatari winter on an area of 170 hectares, until its conclusion on 28 March 2024.

Qatar aims to host an Expo that attracts the international community, including the participation of 80 countries, along with international organisations, private sector representatives, NGOs and the general public. Due to the anticipated diversity of participants, from top decision-makers to children, Expo 2023 Doha is inspired to offer a multifaceted event where extraordinary exhibitions, diplomatic encounters, business meetings, public debates and live shows will take place in its venues.

The event is projected to receive over 3 million visits throughout its opening period, with guests welcomed from all around the world. Admission to the Exhibition Site will be complementary for those who wish to enjoy the delights of the beautiful gardens, international area, activities, and some selected free live events.

The hosting of an International Horticultural Expo within an arid climate is expected to have a profound impact and major legacy around the globe.

Green Desert, Better Environment

The theme for Horticultural Expo 2023 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 initiatives 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 site of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar is located in Al Bidda Park, in the heart of Doha.

The site is currently divided into three distinctive areas, of which the Northern portion will host the international event. The remaining two zones will be used for a variety of complementary functions and spectacular experiences for visitors.

International Area (70 ha): The Expo gateway and focal point of international gardens, exhibitions and events.

The area includes the Expo House, a multifunctional building, built purposely for the Expo. Within the Expo House there is an open events' space, a prayer room, and a café on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a media centre and offices, while the rooftop contain a terrace, an indoor restaurant and a garden.

The International Area will also have an Innovation Centre located in the second largest existing building on site. The Innovation Centre will include an exhibition space for a variety of interactive events. The space will be designed to embrace the Expo theme and will have a dedicated area for children to learn more about the Expo's sub-themes.

Family Area (50 ha): A hub for family fun, activities, gathering and outdoor pursuits.

Cultural Area (50 ha): The perfect venue for cultural and traditional activities and exhibitions thanks to its proximity to the historical core of Doha and its on-site features including the Old Fort and Old Rocks.

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, being served by two newly developed metro stations (Corniche station & Al Bidda station) and five large underground car-parking facilities.

oday, 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 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 recently opened metro system provides one of the most advanced new urban infrastructure systems in the Gulf Region and provides unprecedented support for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the subsequent Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar – both of which will showcase Doha and its unique offering to the world.