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Celebrating Somalia's Rich Heritage at Expo 2023 Doha

March 01, 2024

Expo 2023 Doha recently marked the National Day of Somalia, an event that drew a vivid tapestry of Somali culture through a series of cultural and artistic showcases. The celebration was graced by the presence of esteemed officials including His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie, Qatar's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and His Excellency Dr. Ali Haj Adam, Somalia's Minister of Health and Social Care, alongside various ministers, officials, and heads of diplomatic missions. The festivities commenced with the stirring sounds of the national anthems of both Qatar and Somalia, setting the stage for an unforgettable day filled with musical performances that highlighted traditional Somali musical instruments.

The Somali pavilion offered a dive into the country's illustrious history, from its ancient civilizations to its present and future aspirations. Visitors were taken on a journey exploring Somalia's legacy as a pivotal commercial hub, its rich traditions, and vibrant culture. The exhibit meticulously detailed Somalia's historical significance as the "Land of Punt," famed for its precious commodities like aromatic gum, resin, frankincense, and myrrh. Further, the pavilion showcased the importance of the nomadic lifestyle in Somalia, emphasizing the vital role of livestock herding in the country's economy and culture.

Highlighting the theme of innovation and opportunity, the Somali pavilion cast a spotlight on the country's promising future, particularly in the renewable energy sector. With one of the highest wind energy potentials in Africa and an exceptional average of daily solar radiation, Somalia stands at the forefront of solar energy production. The National Day celebration at Expo 2023 Doha paid homage to Somalia's enduring heritage and underscored the global community's shared commitment to sustainability, cultural exchange, and mutual understanding.

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