His Excellency Eng. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment

"Over the past few decades Qatar has rapidly developed and Doha grew into a metropolis. We are committed to make all the cities of Qatar, especially Doha, a model for contemporary, environmentally friendly and human scale cities through sustainable urban planning."

I am honoured and delighted that we were selected by the International Society of City and Regional Planners to host the 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress 2020 in our dear country Qatar, specifically in Doha, the capital city. The ISOCARP World Planning Congress is considered one of the most significant planning and urban conferences held annually and is attended by hundreds of architects, urban designers and planners from all over the world. With this opportunity we would like to introduce the world to the capabilities of Qatar, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the urban planning sector.

Over the past few decades Qatar has rapidly developed and Doha grew into a metropolis. We are committed to make all the cities of Qatar, especially Doha, a model for contemporary, environmentally friendly and human scale cities through sustainable urban planning. Currently there are many infrastructural projects finalised or reaching completion, including the recently opened Doha Metro. Attending the event will be an opportunity for the international planners to explore and witness the unique and unprecedented growth – particularly from urban planning, sustainability and liveability perspectives. Moreover, this Congress will be a professional and scientific forum where global planning experiences will be shared at the highest levels of international and regional professional and planning interventions. 

Qatar is a hospitable country with unique history, heritage and unprecedented pace of development in the whole region. Doha is on the top of the list of the safest cities in the world and we strive to make it a secure, open, accessible and welcoming place for all visitors, by ensuring regional safety as well as hospitality. We have to offer a variety of historical, social, cultural, creative, planning and personal attractions which we want all of you to experience during being our welcomed guests in Doha.

God bless you all and see you soon in your second home – the beautiful and hospitable Qatar.