President Sheikh Mohamed on Monday arrived in Qatar on a working visit to attend opening of the International Horticultural Expo 2023 in Doha.
Sheikh Mohamed and his delegation were welcomed at Doha International Airport by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim.
The 179-day Expo, whose theme is “Green Desert, Better Environment”, is the first international horticultural exhibition hosted in a desert climate country.
It will focus on four primary themes: modern agriculture, technology and innovation, environmental awareness, and sustainability.
Sheikh Mohamed, accompanied by Sheikh Tamim, toured pavilions throughout the exhibition, which spans an area of 1.7 million square metres.
The tour included the UAE, Qatari, Saudi, Kuwaiti, Omani, GCC, Turkish and Italian pavilions.
Sheikh Mohamed, writing on social media, congratulated Sheikh Tamim for hosting this international event and commended the Expo’s aim to serve as a platform for innovation, engagement and co-operation to identify sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, including agriculture, food and water security and conservation.
“I was pleased to attend the opening of Expo 2023 Doha and commend my brother Sheikh Tamim and host nation Qatar for promoting innovation in the sustainability field,” Sheikh Mohamed said.
“By raising global environmental awareness, Expo 2023 Doha will inspire collective action for a greener tomorrow.”
The UAE pavilion, managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and the National Projects Office, will present the theme of “Nurturing Legacy” at the exhibition.
It will share a poetic story of the UAE’s dreamers and pioneers, demonstrating the enduring bond between its communities and nature, as well as the UAE’s long history of promoting innovative ways of growing agriculture.
Sheikh Mohamed also took part in the watering of a Sidr tree with Sheikh Tamim, along with leaders, country representatives and invited guests.
Among the delegation are Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, National Security Adviser and Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for National Security; Mariam Al Mheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Minister of Investment; Khalifa Al Marar, Minister of State; Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State, and Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, UAE ambassador to Qatar.
Sheikh Mohamed left Doha at the end of his visit to the Expo.