Held in parallel with the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2012 (COP 18/CMP 8) in Doha from the 27th of November to the 7th of December 2012, Qatar Sustainability Expo (QSE) celebrated its last day on Friday the 7th. The expo successfully achieved its objective of complementing the conference and allowing the exhibitors to showcase their sustainability programs and connect with visiting delegates and local visitors.
Organized under the patronage of His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, president of the UN Climate Change Conference 2012 – COP 18/CMP 8 Doha, QSE was arranged by International Fairs and Promotions (IFP).
“QSE was an important part of the international sustainability dialog, and we are thrilled at its resounding success,” said George Ayache, General Manager, IFP Qatar. “The event provided a unique opportunity for visiting delegates, NGOs and media to see the sustainability initiatives of local organizations and network with a global audience.”
Among the many captivating exhibits at QSE, was a high-tech Augmented-Reality system that allowed visitors to interact with the “Unseen Animals of Qatar”. Children and adults alike were captivated by exciting environmental science workshops, solar-powered experiments and more than 90 exhibits and stands. The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra enchanted guests every evening with their soulful performances.
Throughout the expo, several high-profile speakers also presented their thoughts and ideas on important sustainability related issues. The lectures played an important part in encouraging dialogue towards finding long-term solutions.
“The expo would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our partners,” said Ayache. IFP’s key partners for the event included Mowasalat, Qatar Tourism Authority, Lusail Real Estate Development Company, Qatar Steel, Qatar Foundation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, Masdar (UAE Pavilion), General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) and Loving Hut USA. “Our partners’ have shown tremendous commitment to sustainability and to the expo, and we are deeply thankful for their support.”
Over the course of the event, QSE received regional and global media attention from thousands of international media networks and major news organizations.
“We are optimistic that Qatar Sustainability Expo and COP 18/CMP 8 will leave a legacy of persistent global action towards a sustainable future for our planet,” said Ayache. “I have no doubt that such an event in Doha will have an impact on humanity’s future for decades to come.”