A delegation from The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) recently spent four days touring the Qatari capital as they positively assessed the readiness of the state to host the Expo 2023 Doha.
Qatar will create “an unmissable visitor experience”, said the AIPH secretary general. Expo 2023 Doha will now become the first AIPH-approved A1 World Horticultural Expo in the Middle East.
An international delegation of AIPH officials visited multiple locations to see the progress made by the ministry of municipality, including the first-ever tour of Expo House, Expo 2023 Doha’s unique legacy building.
Covered in greenery, the House is integrated into the landscape of Al Bidda park. It is shaped like a semicircle, with a vast open space in front and a fountain as a centrepiece, while the benches along the sides of the pavilion form a natural amphitheatre, offering a perfect spot for the Expo’s events and gatherings.
The delegation also evaluated the development of infrastructure elsewhere in Al Bidda park, which will be the home of EXPO 2023 Doha for six months from 2 October 2023, to 28 March 2024.
The event will occupy 1.7m sqm and will be divided into three zones – International Zone, Family Zone and Cultural Zone.
Expo 2023 Doha will host a myriad of activities, entertainment, and edutainment for visitors, including official delegations from the countries participating, as well as business visitors, horticulture aficionados, tourists, families, and children.
H.E. Ambassador Mr Bader Al Dafa, Expo 2023 Doha commissioner general, said: “It has been an honour to welcome the president of AIPH and his delegation to Qatar. We have successfully demonstrated that we are ready to host this prestigious event with more than 50 countries already signed up to participate. We are expecting to reach the target of 80 national pavilions, and we invite all countries to join this exceptional event in Qatar.”
Leonardo Capitanio, AIPH president, said “Qatar is creating a magnificent Expo that I am convinced will attract many visitors from from around the world. It is a special opportunity for people to experience the first World Horticultural Expo to take place in a desert region. It is clear that the Government of the State of Qatar is committed to making this event a great success.”
Tim Briercliffe, AIPH secretary general, added: “With the theme of Green Desert, Better Environment, this Expo will lead the way in bringing the countries of the world together to showcase ideas and solutions for the future while at the same time creating an unmissable visitor experience. It has been encouraging to see all the preparation work completed and I know that Expo 2023 Doha Qatar will become an event for Qatar to be proud of long into the future.”
Running for 179 days and aiming to reach more than three million visitors, Expo Doha 2023 will offer guests an opportunity to visit ornamental gardens, attend public debates, conferences, live shows and enjoy art and culinary performances in the dedicated area in Al Bidda Park.
The Expo will be held under the auspices of the BIE (Bureau International Des Expositions) and AIPH (International Association for Horticultural Producers).