28 February 2024

Expo 2023 Doha Celebrates Somalia National Day

  • Somailia

Doha, February 28 (QNA) - International Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha celebrated on Wednesday the National Day of the Federal Republic of Somalia, featuring a variety of cultural and artistic activities showcasing Somali culture.

HE Minister of Environment and Climate Change Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, and HE Minister of Health and Social Care of the Federal Republic of Somalia Dr. Ali Hajj Adam, along with several Their Excellencies ministers, officials, and heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the State of Qatar attended the event.
The Somali National Day festivities began with the playing of the national anthems of Qatar and Somalia. Attendees enjoyed musical performances featuring traditional musical instruments.
The Somali pavilion takes visitors on a journey through the country's past, present, and future. It highlights Somalia's history as a commercial and economic center and showcases its deep-rooted customs, traditions, and culture.

The pavilion explores Somalia's ancient civilization, its trade and agricultural ties, and the bustling commercial activity in its famous seaports. It also delves into the country's ancient name, "Land of Punt," and the types of trees from which the ancients extracted perfumes, including aromatic gum, resin, frankincense, and myrrh The Somali pavilion also focuses on the country's nomadic lifestyle, which revolves around livestock herding, including sheep, camels, and cows. It highlights how livestock products are used as a source of food and income, and how approximately 65 percent of the country's workforce is employed in this sector, with livestock exports accounting for a significant portion of the country's exports.

The pavilion also emphasizes Somalia's agricultural wealth, which is a key component of food security, job creation, and income and foreign exchange generation. The sector employs 80 percent of the workforce.

Somalia's pavilion also highlights the future opportunities available in the energy sector and other fields. Somalia has one of the highest wind energy production potentials in Africa and one of the highest daily solar radiation averages in the world, making it an ideal location for solar energy production.

The national and pride days at Expo Doha are occasions to celebrate each of the over 80 international participants. They highlight their cultures, achievements, and showcase their pavilions and programs. Each national and pride day includes a flag-raising ceremony in a dedicated celebration area in the Expo House area, followed by speeches and cultural performances. Expo Doha runs until March 28, 2024, and invites visitors from all over the world to join in creating a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress, and culture. (QNA)


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