Colombia celebrates its blooms at Flowers Week

Colombia, known for its rich biodiversity, celebrated Flowers Week at Expo 2020 Dubai from November 7 to 11. The country, home to over a thousand distinct species of flowers, encourages tourists to enjoy the beauty of diverse Colombian flowers displayed at the country's pavilion as part of its efforts to promote its strong flower market production.

Colombia’s Flowers Week showcased what makes the nation’s flowers stand out in terms of shapes, colours, quality and appearance, which are recognized by the international market. Of the thousands of flowers in Colombia, their roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums are known to be distinct and are given an ‘Origin Seal’, a certification given guaranteeing their unique variety, colour and quality.

Asocolflores (Association of Colombian Flower Exporters), which represents flower farmers who manage nearly 75 per cent of the nation’s total exports, accompanied the Colombian national government as it seeks to advance the sector and strengthen trade relations with the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

The country, also dubbed as the second largest flower exporter, supplies to nearly 100 countries and will leverage Expo 2020 as a platform to expand its market reach. It is noteworthy that in 2020, cut flower exports from Colombia to the UAE, reached over USD 1.8 million comprising of various kinds including rose, hydrangea, alstroemeria, carnation, chrysanthemum and others.

Colombia is also home to over 4,000 variety of orchids, including its national flower, Cattleya. Commonly known as ‘May Flower’, this orchid variety is native to Colombia and is considered as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world.