Flag handed over to Qatar for Expo Doha 2021

Expo Doha 2021 will be held from 14 October 2021 to 17 March 2022 un­der the ti­tle ‘Green Desert, a Bet­ter En­vi­ron­ment’

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Qatar has of­fi­cially re­ceived the flag for or­gan­is­ing the In­ter­na­tional Horticultu­ral Expo Doha 2021 from China, the host coun­try of the just-con­cluded 2019 edi­tion of the event. HE the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz bin Turki al-Subaie re­ceived the flag at a cer­e­mony held to mark the con­clu­sion of the Bei­jing Expo. Expo Doha 2021 will be held from October 2021 to March 2022 un­der the ti­tle ‘Green Desert, Bet­ter En­vi­ron­ment’. It is ex­pected to at­tract 3mn vis­i­tors from more than 80 coun­tries and will be held at Al Bidda Park.

Qatar has of­fi­cially re­ceived the flag of the In­ter­na­tional Horticultu­ral Expo Doha 2021 from China, the host coun­try of the cur­rent edi­tion.

HE the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment Ab­dul­lah bin Ab­du­laziz bin Turki alSubaie re­ceived the flag dur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar cer­e­mony held to mark the con­clu­sion of the Expo Bei­jing 2019.

The event was at­tended by the Pre­mier of the State Coun­cil of China Li Ke­qiang, and heads of par­tic­i­pat­ing gov­ern­ments, se­nior of­fi­cials, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­ter­na­tional Bureau of Ex­hi­bi­tions (BIE), the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Horticultu­ral Pro­duc­ers (AIPH) and com­mis­sion­ers of the pavil­ions.

Speak­ing to Qatar News Agency (QNA), HE al-Subaie ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness at of­fi­cially re­ceiv­ing the flag of the Expo Doha 2021, stress­ing that the con­fi­dence in Qatar’s or­gan­i­sa­tion of such an event comes as a con­tin­u­a­tion of the suc­cesses achieved by the coun­try in all fields at home and abroad un­der the wise lead­er­ship of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani.

HE al-Subaie thanked the BIE and the AIPH for their con­fi­dence in Qatar’s or­gan­i­sa­tion of Expo 2021.

He also thanked China for the well or­gan­ised Expo Bei­jing 2019, which was a great suc­cess and at­tracted a huge num­ber of vis­i­tors from all over the world.

The min­is­ter ex­plained that Qatar’s host­ing of Expo Doha 2021 stems from its support for a greener and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ment through its re­lent­less en­deav­our to pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment, and its ac­knowl­edge­ment that cli­mate, wa­ter and soil are in­dis­pens­able re­sources, which are threat­ened and de­pleted.

“Our goal is to en­hance in­ter­na­tional co-op­er­a­tion in en­vi­ron­men­tal and cul­tural is­sues and to ad­dress the global com­mon chal­lenge of cli­mate is­sues,” he said.

He pointed out that Qatar is the first coun­try with a desert cli­mate in the Mid­dle East and North Africa to host the expo, ex­pect­ing that this will have a pro­found im­pact on the ex­pe­ri­ence of Qatar and other Gulf states, the re­gion and other coun­tries, es­pe­cially with the grow­ing in­ter­na­tional aware­ness in re­la­tion to global warm­ing and global cli­mate change.

Expo Doha 2021 will be held from October 2021 to March 2022 un­der the ti­tle “Green Desert, a Bet­ter En­vi­ron­ment”. It is ex­pected to at­tract 3mn vis­i­tors from over 80 coun­tries and will be held in Al Bidda Park, lo­cated in the heart of Doha.

Expo Doha 2021 aims to in­spire and in­form peo­ple about in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions and re­duce de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, and will support the themes of mod­ern agri­cul­ture, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity and to host the first horticultu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion in a desert cli­mate re­gion.

On Mon­day, Qatar con­cluded its par­tic­i­pa­tion in Expo Bei­jing 2019. The to­tal num­ber of vis­i­tors to Qatar’s pavil­ion reached 20,000 a day. The pavil­ion won the grand award of the Expo’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the best for­eign pavil­ion and also the grand award of the AIPH, the most pres­ti­gious awards for for­eign pavil­ions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Mean­while, Act­ing Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Expo Doha 2021, En­gi­neer Ja­mal Sherida al-Kaabi has said that Qatar’s suc­cess in Expo Bei­jing 2019 is the re­sult of the ef­forts and as­pi­ra­tions made by the coun­try to cre­ate more sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, pre­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and en­hance ef­forts in this area, adding it proved the ex­cel­lence of the coun­try in all its in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tions and its achieve­ment of pres­ti­gious po­si­tions as a re­sult of its con­tri­bu­tions to in­ter­na­tional fo­rums.

In a state­ment to Qatar News Agency (QNA), En­gi­neer al-Kaabi said that the ef­forts ex­erted by the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and En­vi­ron­ment and the pavil­ion’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee re­sulted in this win, and in­tro­duced the world to Qatar’s ef­forts in the field of hor­ti­cul­ture, agri­cul­ture and en­vi­ron­men­tal conservati­on as well as to the coun­try’s his­tory and her­itage. Through its par­tic­i­pa­tion, Qatar has also gained ex­pe­ri­ence and de­vel­oped pro­pos­als to host the event in Doha 2021, he said.

Qatar will host Expo 2021 from 14 October 2021 to 17 March 2022. The 155-day-long expo is part of the Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion 2030 and would con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of its eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal pil­lars, he said.

On the chal­lenges fac­ing Qatar to host the Expo, he said that the time fac­tor is the most im­por­tant chal­lenge, stress­ing that this ne­ces­si­tates more ef­forts to pre­pare the venue for this huge event, in ad­di­tion to co-or­di­nat­ing daily and weekly events suitable for vis­i­tors who will at­tend from dif­fer­ent coun­tries of the world.

He added, “We have two years to com­plete all the projects and prepa­ra­tions as­so­ci­ated with host­ing the Expo Doha 2021, in ad­di­tion to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of all the re­quire­ments set by the In­ter­na­tional Bureau of Ex­hi­bi­tions (BIE), and the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Horticultu­ral Pro­duc­ers (AIPH).”

Mean­while, HE al-Subaie yes­ter­day met the pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Horticultu­ral Pro­duc­ers (AIPH) Bernard Oos­terom, and the AIPH Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Tim Bri­er­cliffe.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Bernard and Bri­er­cliffe con­grat­u­lated the Min­is­ter on Qatar Pavil­ion’s win­ning of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s grand award and the grand award of Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Horticultu­ral Ex­hi­bi­tion (Expo Bei­jing 2019), wish­ing Qatar suc­cess in host­ing the In­ter­na­tional Horticultu­ral Expo Doha 2021.

HE al-Subaie thanked the pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion and its sec­re­tary gen­eral for the ef­forts made by the AIPH to make this im­por­tant event a suc­cess and for its con­fi­dence in Qatar to be the or­gan­iser of this event in 2021.

The meet­ing also dealt with Qatar’s prepa­ra­tions to host Doha Expo 2021.

En­gi­neer Ja­mal Sherida al-Kaabi

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