Qatar Olympic Committee delighted by outstanding success of Bayt Qatar in Rio

 30 Aug 2016 - 0:00

Qatar Olympic Committee delighted by outstanding success of Bayt Qatar in Rio
Football legends, Cafu, Zico, Trezeguet, Karembeu, Dunga, Petkovic, Felipe, Assuncao, Lucio and E Marcelo Travares pose for a photo with participants and officials after a football match played at Bayt Qatar premises in Rio de Janairo, Brazil earlier this month. QOC partnered with Save the Dream organised the event which was powered by Ooredoo.


Rio de Janeiro: The Qatar Olympic Committee has reflected on the outstanding success of Bayt Qatar following a fortnight of culture, sport, music and art. Over 16,000 visitors  flocked to the Qatar Olympic Committee’s (QOC) home for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which was rated as one of the top three hospitality houses in Rio de Janeiro, and was sold out just four days after opening.

Visitors included members of the public from Brazil and around the world, members of the Olympic family and VIP guests, including a number of Brazilian football legends and local celebrities. They all experienced Qatar’s unique culture, warm hospitality and passion for sport through interactive exhibitions, traditional activities, live music performances and a highly popular outdoor Souq.
Speaking about the success of Bayt Qatar, Secretary General of the QOC, Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, said: “The QOC believes in the power of Olympism to unite cultures, backgrounds and beliefs and encourage mutual understanding, friendship and respect. This is exactly what we have been able to achieve at Bayt Qatar and it has been a pleasure to welcome so many people from Brazil and all over the world to share what exactly Qatar is about and celebrate the true spirit of the Olympic Games. This experience has brought Qatar and Brazil closer together and we have been so proud to see Brazilians cheering for Team Qatar athletes, just as we have been cheering for Brazilian athletes. We have built new friendships, learned more about each other and have memories to last a lifetime.”
One of the most memorable highlights came on August 10, when the QOC partnered with Save the Dream for an incredible event powered by Ooredoo. The Bayt Qatar souq was transformed into a football pitch and saw some of the legends of the game - including Cafu, Zico, Trezeguet, Karembeu, Dunga, Petkovic, Felipe, Assuncao, Lucio and E Marcelo Travares - surprise children from a local favela with the match of their lives.
In addition fashion shows, live graffiti painting by Qatari and Brazilian artists, daily Ardah shows, music performances by the Doha String Quartet, Kervansari Band and Sami Bordokan, Qatari Tea and Coffee workshops and movie nights have all enabled visitors to experience multiple aspects of traditional and modern Qatar.
The success of Bayt Qatar was made possible thanks to the QOC’s National Partners, Ooredoo, Qatar Airways and QIC Group. All three organisations hosted their own activities and exhibitions in the house for the duration of the Olympic Games guided by a shared conviction that sport has the potential to enrich lives and stimulate human growth. Qatar Foundation, Al Shaqab, Qatar Museums, Katara, Doha Film Institute, Aspire, Aspetar, ADLQ, We are Doha, and the Supreme Committee for the Delivery and Legacy contributed further to the success of the house with unique experiences, films, photos and content that helped showcase the very best of Qatar.
All proceeds from public entry fees to Bayt Qatar will be donated to Futuro Olimpico, a Brazilian NGO that is young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get into athletics and build a better future through sport. The donations will enable the NGO to buy new equipment and uniforms and provide a lasting legacy for Rio’s talented young athletes following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The QOC, together with the Qatar Athletics Federation and Aspire Academy also partnered with Futuro Olimpico to organise its Shine project, which is providing the opportunity for 10 talented young athletes from Rio de Janeiro to train at Qatar’s world-class facilities at the Aspire Academy for Sporting Excellence, with specialised coaching and sports science support. The 10 athletes visited Bayt Qatar to understand more about Qatar’s culture and the sporting facilities that they will be training at later this year. Through Shine, the QOC hope to leave a compelling legacy from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As a final legacy, the QOC will be donating a library to Eleva School – a bilingual public school that will be housed in the Bayt Qatar building following the Games.

The Peninsula