The Expo 2023 Doha Saturday hosted the celebrations of the 52nd National Day of the United Arab Emirates with cultural programmes in the presence of HE the Minister of Culture, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Thani, Sheikh Salem bin Khalid al-Qassimi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, ministers, senior officials and diplomats.
While addressing the celebrations, Minister of State at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Noura bint Mohamed al-Kaabi expressed pride and gratitude in celebrating more than half a century of unity, progress and innovation for the UAE pavilion at Expo 2023 Doha.
Al-Kaabi expressed her gratitude to the Expo 2023 Doha organising committee for organising a successful event that brings together great minds and ideas to secure a more sustainable future for all.
“The UAE pavilion, which is held under the slogan ‘Legacy and Impact,’ highlights our country’s sustainable journey, its rich agricultural heritage and our close relationship with our land and environment,” al-Kaabi said.
The dignitaries toured the Qatar and UAE pavilions at the expo. The UAE Pavilion “Nurturing Legacy,” at Expo 2023 Doha, features an expansive Garden, where guests can explore native and non-native plants found in the UAE. The garden includes a total of 6,609 plants across 65 species, with groupings of edible plants, fruit trees, medicinal plants, flowers, spices, shrubs, grasses, industrial plants, and perennials. The garden also includes species that were both essential for the survival of ancestors and plants that now contribute to sustainable objectives.
“Nurturing Legacy” takes guests on an informative, multisensory experience that depicts the enduring bond between the people of the UAE and the nation’s natural landscapes. It also sheds light on the people of the UAE who have embraced their role as custodians of the land, protecting its natural treasures, cultivating food security, and forging a thriving agricultural legacy rooted in the wisdom and values of the country’s early pioneers.
Through six engagements - Early Dreamers, Our Founding Father and His Fellow Rulers of the Nation, Our Land, Our Core, Dreamers Who Do, and Our Legacy - guests will gain a deep understanding of the initiatives and projects across the UAE that are building a more sustainable and resilient future for all.
The UAE Pavilion at Expo 2023 built environment was designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels group and takes its inspiration from the Ghaf tree and its complex root structure, with rammed earth walls and palm-leaves roof creating a striking architectural space. The guest experience was designed by Atelier Brückner, a visual interdisciplinary firm whose other notable work includes the Museum of the Future.
HE the Minister of Culture, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Thani and other dignitaries touring UAE pavilion at Expo 2023 Doha. PICTURE: Thajudheen