Qatar welcomes the world to Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha is now open to the public following an inaugural ceremony last night on the Expo site in Al Bidda Park. With the theme “Green Desert, Better Environment”, the Expo’s opening marks the first ever Horticultural Expo to be organised in the Middle East as well as the first to be held in an arid climate.

Expo 2023 Doha was formally inaugurated with the attendance of H.H. Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, during an opening ceremony that gathered Qatari officials and high-level representatives of dozens of countries participating in the Expo. The ceremony included a specially-curated children’s performance in line with the Expo theme and was followed by a tour of the Expo site.

The Amir of the State of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, with other world leaders and officials during the opening ceremony of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

Welcoming countries during the opening ceremony, the Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes declared: “As the world gathers to plant the seeds of hope for a greener future for humanity and nature, each and every participant has a solution to share, a story to tell, and a lesson to teach. Expo 2023 Doha is a call to action for all of us to make better choices in what we produce and what we consume, a plea to invest in reclaiming productive land that sustains nature, and an appeal to build a more sustainable path towards global prosperity.”

The Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, speaking at the opening ceremony of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, stated: “Qatar is once again honoured to host a global event that is consistent with Qatar’s commitments to sustainable development locally and internationally. Expo 2023 Doha prioritises preserving the environment for the future. We renew the call for more environmentally friendly solutions in various aspects of life. We believe that great tasks can only be accomplished through the exchange of international experiences.”

The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, speaking at the opening ceremony of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

The Commissioner General of Expo 2023 Doha, H.E. Bader Al Dafa stated: ''The power of our collective action underscores the profound importance of Expo 2023 Doha. It is not just about championing sustainable agriculture and horticulture; it is about tackling desertification, driving forward green initiatives, and shaping transformative policies. Together, we echo a resounding message: every one of us holds a crucial role in safeguarding our environment. We must stay informed, encourage action from our leaders, pioneer innovation, and lead the way for future generations to inherit a world they can enjoy."

The Commissioner General of Expo 2023 Doha, H.E. Bader Al Dafa speaking at the opening ceremony of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

Visitors, who started to arrive at the Expo when the gates opened this morning, can discover a multitude of innovative solutions aimed at mitigating desertification and developing sustainable agriculture. The 170-hectare site spans three zones, including the International Area where international pavilions and gardens are situated, the Family Area featuring outdoor activities, and the Cultural Area offering entertainment, exhibitions and traditional activities.

Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha is taking place from 2 October 2023 to 28 March 2024 on a 170-hectare site in Al Bidda Park in the centre of Doha

The subthemes of Expo 2023 Doha are Modern Agriculture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Awareness, and Sustainability, with an overarching focus on educating people about sustainability and engaging them in addressing climate change. Running for 179 days until 28 March 2024, the Horticultural Expo will see many events being held throughout its duration, including National Day celebrations, cultural performances and theme-related meetings.

Horticultural Expos have been recognised by the BIE since 1960 and are aimed at fostering cooperation and the sharing of knowledge and solutions between countries, horticultural producers and agricultural industry by addressing the paramount issues of healthy lifestyles, green economies, sustainable living, education and innovation. The previous Horticultural Expo took placein 2022 in Almere, the Netherlands under the theme “Growing Green Cities”. The following Horticultural Expo will take place in 2027 in Yokohama, Japan, under the theme “Scenery of the Future for Happiness”.