The International Horticultural Exhibition, which was due to be held in Doha in 2021 has been postponed to October 2023, announced the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) in Qatar.
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), which is responsible for the approval of the exhibition, has reviewed the forthcoming International Horticultural Exhibitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic repercussions, the Ministry said in its statement.
Taking into consideration the time necessary to prepare a high-quality A1 World Horticultural Exhibition and the associated difficulties in its preparations due the pandemic, the AIPH has suggested that the Expo 2021in Doha, Qatar, be moved to a future date.
The theme for the expo focuses on greening the desert and improving the environment, and therefore, Qatar agreed to postpone the expo, and it will now be held in October 2023.
The Expo will be hosted at Al Bidda Park and is likely to draw millions of visitors in the context of climate, water and soil being indispensable and scarce resources, in addition to the list of objectives that were set inline with Qatar National Vision 2030.
Welcoming the revised dates, the Minister of Municipality and Environment, HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, commented “Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic the State of Qatar implemented strategic measures to address the economic and social impact of the pandemic, having said that and as we recognize the severe impact of the pandemic globally, we welcome the revised dates suggested by the AIPH for the Horticultural Expo”.
Commenting on the change, AIPH Secretary General, Time Briercliffe said “Although Expo preparations are well underway in Doha, it is necessary to postpone the opening to allow more time for international participants to visit Doha, select their locations and prepare the construction and activities they need.”
According to AIPH, the revised dates will ensure that the Expo is delivered at the best possible standards. This is also the first AIPH Expo to be held in the Middle East, and the process to stimulate city greening and bring in sustainable development in a desert region is being eagerly looked forward to.
Qatar is always committed towards delivering world class events and this will not change for the A1 World Horticultural Exhibition too, which is happening for the first time in the region. Qatar hopes to welcome the global horticultural sector to share knowledge and experience, in order to support the Qatar National Vision 2030.
“Qatar has always been the hub for World Class International events, we are committed to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to the global community and the citizens of Qatar and the region. We are constantly working to ensure the readiness of Qatar to host the A1 Horticultural Expo and we will continue with these efforts to deliver a premier one-of-a-kind event,” said Al Khoury, the Secretary General of the Expo.