A Sneak Peek at Qatar Auto Museum Project


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Join us for an introduction to the new museum that will bring Qatar’s car community under one roof and one mission.

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An exhibition in honour of the museum to come, A Sneak Peek at Qatar Auto Museum celebrates the mission to drive culture forward and to inspire the next generation of innovators, designers, engineers, collectors and policymakers through a shared passion for cars.

The new Qatar Auto Museum will explore the past, present and future of the automobile and its impact on global life and culture. It will spotlight the car as a proud marker of Qatar’s growth, a common thread between a diverse population and a unifying vehicle of culture and innovation. In line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, the development of Qatar Auto Museum will complement the state’s efforts to support the cultural, educational and tourism sectors, its strong investments in the automotive industry and its position as a host for global automotive events, such as the Qatar Geneva International Motor Show and the Formula 1.

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Phase I

March 29 2022 – January 2, 2026

The first phase of the exhibition features three spectacular cars within the Mawater Gallery. In April 2022 these cars were complemented by a special outdoor display at the NMoQ lagoon area, showcasing cars on loan from several leading members of Qatar’s car community and the advisory board of Qatar Auto Museum.

Red Ferrari 250 GTO from 1963 displayed at the National Museum of Qatar gallery space

The renowned 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO has an aerodynamic body made for speed. This was the ultimate culmination of the Ferrari brand at the time of its creation. Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Transparent body of the 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Deluxe Six displayed at the National Museum of Qatar gallery space

The 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Deluxe Six was known as the “Ghost Car” because of its transparent body. Introduced in the New York World Fair’s “Futurama” exhibit, it is a rare model of ingenuity. Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

The aqua blue Delahaye 175 S Roadster car displayed at the National Museum of Qatar gallery space

The aqua blue Delahaye 175 S Roadster is an Art Deco masterpiece crafted in 1949 by Saoutchik with Delahaye’s limited chassis. Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Phase II

November – December 2022

The second part of the exhibition expands beyond the National Museum of Qatar to showcase the community and participatory component of the future museum. This exhibition celebrates the rich and distinctive car culture in Qatar through multi-site displays and experiences created in collaboration with, or by, our partners and Advisory Board members.

It includes installations of unique racing cars at heritage sites, exclusive visits to private car museums and freestyle drag and drift performances at motorsport clubs. Highlighting the car as a common thread between diverse nations and a unifying vehicle of cultures, it offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience and learn about Qatar’s car culture, private museums, automotive collectors, motorsport clubs and national champions.

Participants in this exhibition include H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, Mr. Salem Saeed Al Mohannadi, Mr. Omar Hussein Al Fardan, Volkswagen AG, Audi Qatar, Sealine Sports Club (Mawater), Qatar Racing Club, Letbelah Museum, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.

Participating locations:

Al Zubarah

25 October – 19 December

Qatar Auto Museum installation at Al Zubarah

Photo: Courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Al Zubarah is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th- and 19th-century Gulf merchant town that has flourished as a pearling and trading center. In 2013, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site includes three major features, the archaeological remains of the town, dating back to the 1760s, the settlement of Qal’at Murair, and the Al Zubarah Fort, which was built in 1938.

Visit Al Zubarah and check out the following cars:

Barzan Towers

15 November – 20 December

Qatar Auto Museum installation at the Barzan Towers heritage site.

Photo: Courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

The Barzan Towers were built in the late 19th century, and were later renovated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, founder of Umm Salal Mohammed village.

Make sure to visit Barzan Towers to also find:

Mawater Warehouse at Msheireb

12 November – 20 December

Exterior of the Mawater Warehouse building.

Photo: Courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Msheireb Downtown Doha is a sustainable regeneration project that revives Doha’s historical centre with a new architectural language that is modern yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage.

Visit Mawater Warehouse at Msheireb to check out the following car:

Audi RS Q e-tron E2 car displayed inside the Mawater Warehouse.

The Audi RS Q e-tron E2 car. Courtesy of Audi Qatar. Photo: Courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Audi RS Q e-tron E2
Lighter, more aerodynamic and even more efficient, the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 is the second evolution of the electric off-road endurance racer which secured four stage wins at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia as well as winning its first desert rally at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.

It features an innovative drivetrain concept where a high-voltage battery is charged while driving via an energy converter, making Audi the first car manufacturer to use an electric drivetrain in combination with an efficient energy converter to compete for overall victory against conventionally powered competitors at the Dakar Rally.

Sealine Sports Club (Mawater)

25 November, 9 December and 23 December, 5 – 11PM

Two race cars free-style drifting in a circut

Photo: Courtesy of Mawater

The Sealine Sports Club (Mawater) is the home of freestyle drifting in Qatar. Visit the circuits to watch a freestyle drifting show by Qatari drivers.

For more information, check @mawaterqtr or call +974 5577 2296.

Qatar Racing Club

Qatar Racing Club is the home of Drag Racing in Qatar. The club’s official team, Al-Anabi, has grown to become one of the most successful drag racing teams in the region.

Follow Qatar Racing Club on Instagram (@officialqrc) for the most up-to-date information.

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Three cars displayed inside Letbelah museum of cars.

Mr Omar Hussain Alfardan, president and CEO of the Alfardan Group began collecting cars in 1995. Over the years, his passion for collecting intensified as he actively searched for and acquired distinct cars and motorbikes that now form the nucleus of Letbelah, his private museum. The name “Letbelah” was inspired by a word rooted in the Qatari dialect used to refer to the shaded garage area where cars are parked.

The museum currently houses over 130 cars, 35 motorcycles, a collection of Vespas, speed boats and related memorabilia. Letbelah covers a chronological period which spans from the early 1900s through to today. The oldest car in the collection is the 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 HP Ceremonial Victoria.

Alfardan’s car collection comprises classic, contemporary, and supercars. His collection includes exclusive cars from internationally recognised automobile manufacturers such as: Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, BMW, Jaguar, Maserati, Land Rover, Mini, Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Cadillac, Ford Shelby, Lotus, and KTM. The cars represent key moments in the social history of the world and were driven by historical figures. Furthermore, cars in his collection have received the first-place prize in multiple worldwide competitions such as the International Concours elegance competition and the Mille Miglia race.

For more information, email info@letbelah.com.

Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Museum

An exterior view of the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Museum during the day, showing the building's reflection in the water

Built of local stone with traditional turrets, the building represents a collector’s piece in contrast to Qatar’s fast-paced growing landscape. With over 30,000 objects spanning over a hundred years and ranging in size, FBQ Museum could be seen as a modern version of a Cabinet of Curiosities, encapsulating the Sheikh’s personal collection, with a collection including Islamic art, Qatari heritage, vehicles, handmade carpets and coins and currency from over four continents. The diverse rooms and objects tell the story of Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim, his interests, as well as that of humanity in general. FBQ Museum’s car collection is a must-see for car enthusiasts. The perfectly conserved collection is filled with over 600 vintage cars ranging from convertibles to limousines and everything in between.

Make sure to check out the Car Museum section and book a tour in advance. Visit Al Samariya to make a booking.

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