DOHA: The Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada yesterday opened the 27th edition of Qafco flower and vegetable show in Mesaieed.
Abdulaziz Al Malki, Qafco Chairman, Khalifa A Al Sowaidi, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Hamed Al Marwani, Chief Administration Officer and Chairman of the organising committee and top executives attended.
The show at the Al Banush Club football ground attracted over 400 competitors, including amateurs, professionals, hotels and schools.
Some 4,000 exhibits were on display during the show, comprising 140 classes over 4,000sqm space, along with tents for Safety, Environment and Live competition stalls.
A record turnout of 14,500 visited the show, according to the company.
Another highlight of the show was live competitions in various categories.
Al Sowaidi said, “The show is one such attempt to showcase our commitment to the cause of the environment. The event is an example of the community and industry cooperating to forward a cause that is important to all of us — the environment we live in.
“In the 27 years of its existence, the show has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of the number of visitors. I hope this year too, the event continues to enthuse people across Qatar.”
Al Marwani said, “At Qafco, we devote special attention to community engagement through activities ranging from sports to cultural events. The show is of immense importance as it showcases our spirit of industry and community engagement.
“It also encourages strengthening of social bonds between all company employees and their families beyond the formal work context.”
The Diplomatic Club walked away with the first prize in Vegetable and Fruit Carving competition. Mercure Grand Hotel was the runner-up.
MES Indian School, DPS-Modern Indian School and Ideal Indian School won top prizes in competitions held for schools.
The overall champions in other categories were Anitha Jomon (Flowers), Azza Hussein Mohammed and Richa Nitish Jain (Vegetable & Fruits), Vijaya Laxmi Sharma (Pot Plants) and Sherlin Tania (Flower Arrangements).