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Qatar tribune

Khalid Tawalbeh


Monday, October 2, witnessed the spectacular inauguration of the Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition, a momentous occasion graced by the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The grand event came to life within the enchanting Al Bidda Park, drawing the attention of numerous dignitaries, including heads of states and esteemed government officials from around the world.

The Expo stands as a testament to international cooperation, orchestrated in collaboration between the International Bureau of Exhibitions and the International Association of Horticultural Producers.

Over 80 countries and a multitude of non-governmental organisations have joined hands to participate in this global showcase of horticultural excellence.

The anticipation is palpable, with an expected turnout of over 3 million visitors eager to explore the wonders of this extraordinary exhibition.

Minister of Municipality and Chairman of the National Committee for Hosting Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Expo HE Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie emphasized that Qatar has meticulously prepared to receive delegations and guests, ensuring an exceptional edition of this prestigious global event that aligns with Qatar’s status and its proven capability to host major international events.

He drew a parallel with Qatar’s successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, stating that Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Expo will similarly captivate the world.

The Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition emerges as a beacon of environmental stewardship and global collaboration. Set against the backdrop of the vibrant Qatari capital, Doha, this international event transcends conventional exhibitions.

It stands as a testament to Qatar’s unwavering commitment to addressing pressing global challenges, with a particular focus on environmental sustainability, innovation, and cultural exchange.

At its heart, this exhibition embodies the spirit of unity and cooperation in the face of one of the world’s most critical shared challenges: desertification.

With a unique emphasis on four key sub-themes—modern agriculture, technology and innovation, environmental awareness, and sustainability—the Expo aspires to not only foster international dialogue but also serve as a guiding light for the region in its pursuit of a greener, more sustainable future.

As delegates from around the globe converge in Doha, they bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience, laying the foundation for collaborative solutions to combat desertification and environmental degradation.

The Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition isn’t just an event; it’s a global call to action for a more sustainable and interconnected world.

This spectacular exhibition extends its run until March 28, 2024, with a resolute mission: to champion sustainable innovations and combat desertification.

The exhibition places paramount emphasis on four core themes: modern agriculture, technology and innovation, environmental consciousness, and sustainability.

In remarks to Qatar Tribune, HE Mohamed Ali Al Khouri, the Secretary-General of Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition, emphasized the exhibition’s status as a global event commencing its activities, with a duration spanning six months.

He underscored its pivotal role in discussing agricultural issues, not solely within arid nations but on a global scale.

Al Khouri urged everyone to initiate impactful endeavors effectively addressing the hurdles confronting the agricultural sector, particularly in the Gulf region, where soaring temperatures and soil depletion pose significant challenges.

He underscored the nation’s unwavering readiness to present an extraordinary rendition of this global extravaganza.

It seamlessly aligns with Qatar’s renowned reputation and capability to orchestrate major events.

Drawing apt parallels with Qatar’s triumphant hosting of the FIFA World Cup (Qatar 2022), he affirmed that Expo 2023 Doha is poised to capture the world’s imagination.

He said: ”The exhibition’s resounding slogan, “Green Desert... Better Environment,” authentically mirrors its mission: to inspire and inform the public about innovative solutions aimed at curtailing desertification”.

It aspires to serve as an international platform for participants, stakeholders, decision-makers, non-governmental organizations, and experts, uniting to confront environmental issues and sustainability challenges.

The exhibition is poised to welcome an estimated three million visitors over the course of six months, offering a transformative experience in the realms of horticulture, innovation, and sustainability.

Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition stands as an emblematic milestone in Qatar’s unwavering commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship.

As the world grapples with pressing ecological challenges, this exhibition serves as a beacon of hope and a global platform for collaboration.

It not only showcases Qatar’s prowess in hosting prestigious events but also reaffirms its dedication to nurturing innovative solutions for a greener, more sustainable future.

With its unwavering focus on modern agriculture, technology, environmental awareness, and sustainability, Expo 2023 Doha sets forth a comprehensive blueprint for addressing the urgent global issues affecting our planet.

It testifies to the profound potential of international collaboration and collective action in combating desertification and nurturing a healthier environment.

As the exhibition opens its doors to millions of visitors over the upcoming months, it is a shared responsibility to heed its message and actively contribute to the worldwide effort to safeguard the planet.

Expo 2023 Doha has set the stage for a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow, and it is incumbent upon us all to seize this opportunity for the betterment of current and future generations.

The Expo 2023 Doha Horticultural Exhibition stands as a testament to Qatar’s profound commitment to fostering international cooperation in the realms of environmental conservation, culture, and finance.

At its core, this event is a global response to the pressing issue of desertification, inviting the world’s horticultural sector to engage in a profound exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Through a laser focus on four pivotal sub-themes—modern agriculture, technology and innovation, environmental awareness, and sustainability—the exhibition aims not just to share insights but also to guide the region in realizing the vision of a green city, a beacon of sustainability in the heart of the desert.

Within Qatar’s borders, this commitment to horticulture and the preservation of green spaces has materialized in groundbreaking initiatives. Foremost among these is the “Million Trees Initiative,” a brainchild born from Qatar’s unwavering adherence to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Since its inception in 2019, this initiative has catalyzed a remarkable expansion of green parks and spaces, soaring from a mere 56 in 2010 to an impressive 143 by 2023. These green sanctuaries not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the nation but also play a vital role in mitigating climate change.

Each day, the “Million Trees” initiative absorbs a staggering 1,700 tons of carbon dioxide, a testament to the power of nature in the face of environmental challenges. Remarkably, every single tree planted in this initiative absorbs between 1.7 to 2 kg of CO2 daily, underscoring the profound impact of this green endeavor.

Qatar’s environmental stewardship goes beyond the mere act of planting trees. The nation has embraced innovative solutions, such as utilizing treated wastewater for tree irrigation and green spaces, with an impressive utilization rate of 75%.

Furthermore, the strategic use of bio-solid fertilizer fortifies the trees, ensuring they thrive in the arid Qatari landscape. Modern irrigation techniques, coupled with remote irrigation control systems, showcase Qatar’s forward-thinking approach, marrying technology with environmental preservation.

These initiatives, rooted in sustainability and propelled by a profound environmental consciousness, exemplify Qatar’s dedication to safeguarding the environment.

They underscore Qatar’s strategic national priority, wherein addressing climate change isn’t just a necessity but a shared responsibility toward current and future generations.

In every tree planted and every drop of treated wastewater used, Qatar is not just preserving its natural heritage but also lighting the way for a greener, more sustainable future for all.

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