Qatar signs official participation with “Desert Nest”

In the presence of the Qatari Ambassador in the Netherlands Mr. Al-Jaber and Deputy Ambassador Ms. Alshafai, Annemarie Jorritsma, Commissioner-General Floriade Expo 2022, and Secretary-General of Expo 2023 Doha who is also acting as the Commissioner-General of the Qatari Pavilion at Floriade Expo 2022, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Khoori signed the official participation contract of Qatar on Monday 26 July. This official ceremony took place at the Embassy of Qatar in The Hague. The State of Qatar participates in Floriade Expo 2022 with a design with the theme “Desert Nest”.

Annemarie Jorritsma emphasizes that we are delighted to welcome Qatar at Floriade Expo 2022. “We are all looking forward to the moment when it’s possible again to get together, to travel and to get to know other cultures and countries after the Corona crisis. We are pleased that we will be able to enjoy a piece of Qatar at the Expo next year without having to travel abroad.”

Qatar is also looking forward to participating in Floriade Expo 2022. “We aim to continue the cooperative link between our countries with trade missions and knowledge exchange in many fields including the horticultural and sustainability sector. We are open to the exchange of knowledge between Floriade Expo 2022 and Expo 2023 Doha,” said Mr. Al Khoori.

Mr. Al Khoori and Mrs. Annemarie Jorritsma

“Desert Nest”

The design of the pavilion is inspired by the well-known ‘pigeon towers’ that can be seen in the country. The traditional shapes are combined with new 3D printing techniques and sustainable materials in the pavilion. Therewith, Qatar displays its vision, developments and innovations to make the desert greener in order to eventually realise green cities. Visitors will take a tour past 4 towers in the Qatar pavilion. These towers originally provided a resting place for pigeons in the desert. The exhibits in the two towers that are open to visitors tell this story with modern techniques such as holograms.


Qatar uses 3D printed materials that are sustainable and that literally become green during the Expo. Herewith, the pavilion shows the vision of Qatar, from dry desert to fertile land with plants as the foundation for a healthy city. The intended construction methods aim for returning materials used for the pavilion to nature at the end of the Expo as much as reasonably possible. To support corporate social responsibility and overcome the challenges Covid-19 has imposed on the world, Qatar approached companies and suppliers from the Netherlands to realise the construction of the pavilion.