Revving up nostalgia at Mall of Qatar
25 Sep 2017 - 11:20
By Irfan Bukhari | The Peninsula
A wonderful line-up of 12 classic cars at Mall of Qatar is attracting not only motor enthusiasts but also the general public.
Advancing its tradition of organising quality exhibitions at the facility, Mall of Qatar, the nation’s ultimate retail destination, has now launched its exquisite month-long Classic Car Show.
Classic cars worth around QR4m are on display at Mall of Qatar as part of the Classic Car Show. The cars include a Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1954 and an Oldsmobile Convertible 1959.
The show of vintage cars was inaugurated on September 20 by Mall of Qatar’s Vice-Chairman, Jassim Hamad Al Attiyah.
The charm of classic cars is attracting enthusiasts from across the country who have found another golden opportunity to have selfies with objects of ultimate beauty.
The visitors can enjoy this spectacular car exhibition until October 21, Mall of Qatar has announced. “We are thrilled to be hosting Mall of Qatar’s first Classic Car Show. We strive to offer unique and memorable events to our visitors of all ages throughout the year. No day is ever the same at Mall of Qatar and our Classic Car Show has an impressive line-up of 12 models that we know are going to impress our visitors. We thank our partners Mawater, Qatar Motor Show, Letbelah and AlRayyan Hotel Doha, for making this event possible, and we invite everyone to join us during our opening ceremony and throughout the month. It is going to be a very exciting one at Mall of Qatar!” said Stuart Elder, Mall of Qatar Chief Executive Officer at the opening of the show.
The bespoke Classic Car Show is located in the mall’s luxury court. The motor show is organized in partnership with Mawater, Qatar Motor Show, Letbelah and AlRayyan Hotel Doha was kicked off yesterday and will last until October 21.
Commenting on the charm of cars and the show Mahmoud, a Lebanese boy said: “It is a wonderful effort by the administration of the Mall as they have offered thousands of motor lovers an opportunity to enjoy the classic feel of vintage cars.”
On the occasion of inauguration of Classic Car Show, Salem Al Mohannadi, Director of Mawater said, “The purpose of organizing this type of exhibition is to educate the audience about the history of the classic cars which were imported to Qatar from the mid-1950s until the present day.”
He further said: “The aim of this show is to showcase the evolution that these cars have undergone, and how these characteristics were admired by enthusiasts in every era. This gives us an opportunity to showcase the heritage of Qatari car owners and focus on educating the Qatari public about the history of classic cars, while presenting exclusive information about the manufacturing of these cars and the date of entry into the region.
We are also looking to encourage the youth to conduct additional research about and acquire a taste for classic cars. The exhibition includes a number of rare automobiles, which have been carefully selected and are owned by Qatari classic car enthusiasts.”
“We invite visitors of all ages to come down to Mall of Qatar and see our impressive line-up of classic cars that we know everyone is going to love taking pictures with. At Mall of Qatar, we aim to offer memorable events for our visitors throughout the year,” said Stuart Elder, Mall of Qatar Chief Executive Officer.
The beautiful cars will be displayed at multiple locations throughout Mall of Qatar from the luxury court to AlRayyan Hotel Doha and visitors can take photos next to their favourite model.
“This selfie I am taking with Jaguar XK120 Roadster 1954 is more precious than those taken at various locations of luxurious resorts. The pictures with these classic cars remind us golden days and the phrase that says old tunes are the sweetest,” Cassia, a young expat girl said.