Under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, the Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association, in partnership with United Development Company (UDC), master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island, is organising the Qatar Classic Cars Contest and Exhibition 2021.
The event and exhibition at The Pearl-Qatar, from November 17 to 22, will showcase 50 classic luxury cars representing different historical categories, with some dating back to 1920. The Ministry of Public Health has approved the event which is to be held in adherence to the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, chairman of the Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association, recalled there are more than 4,000 classic cars in Qatar.
“The Qatari society is most interested in owning classic cars, as these vehicles represent our heritage and tell about an important period in our history. Some of these cars are very rare and their date of manufacture goes back decades, while some collectors have even older vintage models from the year 1920 and even before that.
"The organisation of Qatar Classic Cars Contest and Exhibition 2021 aims at preserving and spreading the culture of owning classic cars, while increasing community awareness of it as a cultural heritage. The Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association is the body that represents classic car owners in Qatar, and always encourages the public and those interested in this hobby to closely examine the various and rarest classic car models in Qatar."
Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman, UDC president, CEO and member of the Board, said: “UDC is proud to host the Qatar Classic Cars Contest and Exhibition at The Pearl-Qatar for the second consecutive year, as the Island represents a landmark that combines heritage and modernity in Qatar.”
Al-Othman further stressed the Company's keenness to the highest safety standards during the event, and invited all classic car lovers to visit the exhibition, pointing out that The Pearl-Qatar provides an ideal recreational atmosphere for visitors, where they can enjoy the charming views on the Island's boardwalk and admire the impressive and exclusive lineup of classic cars.
Omar Alfardan, vice chairman of the Gulf Qatari Classic Cars Association, said: “The Qatar Classic Cars Show brings together all owners of this category of cars, as it represents a gateway for them to display their cars to the public, who can admire the history behind these classic cars”.
“There are very rare cars owned by many in Qatar that are considered technical and engineering masterpieces, manufactured by the oldest and largest car manufacturers in the world, and whose value is priceless to their owners and lovers alike.
"The acquisition of classic cars represents for many in Qatar a culture and heritage that must be preserved, so that it is seen as part of the culture and heritage of the Qatari society, and which must be preserved and promoted especially classic car owners.”
Alfardan believes that classic cars have a lot of fans in Qatar as well as all over the world, stressing that the exhibition will be a favorite destination for classic car owners and lovers alike, as it represents a valuable opportunity and a rich platform to rediscover this beautiful industry.
The exhibition will include a contest in which the best car will be chosen from among the participating cars. A specialised committee will be formed to select the winning cars, by majority vote.
The contest includes five categories of classic cars, including: First Category: 1947 and earlier, Second Category: 1948-1957
Third Category: 1958-1964, Fourth Category: 1965-1974, Fifth Category: 1975-1990.
The winning cars will be ranked as follows: 1. Prize for the best car in each category, 2. The car award for the best representation among the participating cars, 3. Prize for the most original car without restitution, 4. Most elegant car award.
On the sidelines of the exhibition, a seminar will be organised under the title 'Classic cars that lay the path to luxury in Gulf countries'. The exhibition also seeks to encourage investment in classic cars, shed light on its history in Qatar, in addition to introducing the various stages that the classic car industry has gone through, encouraging and stimulating the hobby of owning classic cars in Qatar, as well as attracting visitors and enhancing the role of the private sector in contributing to promoting Qatar as a tourist destination.