The first ‘Qatar Classic Cars Contest & Exhibition 2020’ opened at the Porto Arabia Boardwalk at The Pearl-Qatar in the presence of prominent Qatari businessmen and classic car enthusiasts in Doha.
The four-day event, which is sponsored by the Minister of Culture & Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali, was organised by the Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association in partnership with the United Development Company (UDC), the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island.
About 50 luxury classic cars which fall into different historical categories, some of which dating back to 1925, are participating in the exhibition, where a specialised symposium under the title “Classic cars… A passion for the past and an investment for the future” will be organised. A competition will also be held wherein the best participating cars will be chosen and their owners will be honoured during the event.
Omar Alfardan, Vice-Chairman of the Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association, who is exhibiting 11 classic cars during the event, including a 1925 Rolls Royce and a 1937 Phantom 3 among others, is also an owner of a classic car museum in Doha which houses over 100 classic cars.
“One of my first cars, which is from 1911, was owned by George V, former king of the United Kingdom, and he was crowned on that car,” Alfardan said.
According to the organisers, the exhibition, which will be held annually, seeks to encourage investment in classic cars, highlight its history in Qatar, and introduce the various stages of the classic car industry in the country, while encouraging the hobby of acquiring classic cars. The exhibition, which is also expected to be a leading tourist attraction, is aimed at enhancing the role of the private sector in promoting tourism in the country in various sectors, including the classic car industry.
Source: Peninsula Qatar