QM announces plans for Qatar Auto Museum

Qatar Museums (QM) on Monday announced plans for the Qatar Auto Museum in Doha, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), led by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas.
An exhibition showcasing the project, A Sneak Peek at Qatar Auto Museum Project, opens at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) on Tuesday.
The Qatar Auto Museum (QAM) will be located along the Lusail highway between Park 5/6 and Katara – the cultural village, in the former exhibition center building that hosted the inaugural Qatar Motor Show in 2011.

QAM Acting Director Dr. Alkindi Aljawabra at the exhibition, located in NMoQ’s Mawater Gallery. PHOTO: Joey Aguilar

The QM is working with the OMA on designs to transform the building.
Development will begin after the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy concludes its operations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
On view until January 20, 2023, the exhibition explores the importance of automotive design in the 20th century and the impact of the automobile on culture, showcasing content from the new museum.
The exhibition, displayed inside and outside the museum, includes three iconic cars from the QM’s collection and around 20 unique cars on loan from members of the Qatar Auto Museum’s advisory board and the car enthusiast community. from Qatar.

A 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Deluxe Six ‘Ghost Car’, the first transparent car built in America. PHOTO: Joey Aguilar

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, President of Qatar Museums, said: “From sporting events like Formula 1 races to classic car shows, automotive culture is widely present in Qatar.
“We are delighted to present this exhibition, which reflects our passions as car enthusiasts, in a year when so many visitors will come to Doha to celebrate the World Cup,” she said. “The exhibit showcases our culture while showcasing an exciting new institution dedicated to providing an inspiring educational and technological experience for all.”

The “Sneak Peek” exhibit at the Qatar Auto Museum features three spectacular cars. PHOTO: Joey Aguilar

“The Qatar Auto Museum will serve as an innovative community center for automotive enthusiasts, students, collectors, engineers and all who appreciate the impact on our world of the emergence and evolution of the automobile” , added HE Sheikha Al Mayassa.
The President of the Qatar Auto Museum, HE Dr Hessa al-Jaber, said: “In modern history, very few inventions have had such a powerful and pervasive impact on daily life and wider culture as the automobile.
“The Qatar Auto Museum will be a showcase for our unrivaled collection and, like all museum institutions in Qatar, will spark innovation, creativity, dialogue and community, as a destination that will offer new and exciting experiences to every visit,” she said.
Members of the Qatar Auto Museum Advisory Board include HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE Mansoor bin Ebrahim al-Mahmoud, HE Akbar al-Baker, Omar Alfardan, Salem al-Mohannadi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, Sheikh Faleh bin Nawaf bin Nasser al-Thani, Hisham al-Mana, Mohamed al-Jaidah, Saud al-Mana, Mohamed Mahdi al-Ahbabi, Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji, Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya and Professor César Malavé.
“The Qatar Auto Museum advances the legacy of Qatar’s museum work around automotive culture, which includes assembling a collection of world-class automobiles, curating several automotive-themed exhibitions, automobile and the dedication of a gallery at the National Museum to vintage cars with the support of Sealine Sports Club (Mawater),” QM said in a statement. “*A preview of the Qatar Automotive Museum project showcases the concept of a new museum that will bring together Qatar’s growing automotive community under one roof.”
The new project will transform the former Doha Exhibition Center into “a center for innovation, design, eco-friendly mobility and road safety” in the country and region.
“We think the vision for this museum is very unique because it’s not a traditional museum…we’re not just creating a base where we’ll be displaying cars,” said QAM acting director Dr Alkindi Aljawabra, to journalists on the sidelines of the exhibition media. Preview Monday.
The 30,000 m² (320,000 sq ft) museum will include permanent galleries that trace the evolution of the automobile from its invention to today, and how it has influenced culture in Qatar, and exhibition spaces. temporary exhibitions for the display of high-level vehicles – from supercars and limited editions to racing cars and classic cars.
Additional facilities will include an edutainment center and workshop spaces, as well as areas dedicated to children’s activities such as driving simulators, mini car mechanics, children’s driving zones, etc.
Dr. Aljawabra said that the Education Center will include workshops, in addition to collaborations with universities, science and technology centers and other institutions, making it (the museum) a community center for students, engineers, car enthusiasts and enthusiasts.
Additionally, he said the museum will have a garage and a technology hub, as well as a restoration center, and “it will be an open-door conservation laboratory.”
“We will be restoring our own cars…for collectors across the country who want to restore their cars, they can bring them to the museum or they can just book the conservation lab to work on their vehicles on their own because a lot of them are really professionals, they just need a space,” he said.
Apart from classic cars, the museum director said that the QAM will also feature concept and “futuristic” cars.
The QAM, according to Qatar Museums, “will explore the past, present and future of the automobile and its impact on global life and culture.”
It will highlight the car as a proud marker of Qatar’s growth, a common thread between a diverse population and a unifying vector of culture and innovation.
“In line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, the development of QAM will complement the state’s efforts to support the cultural, educational and tourism sectors, its significant investments in the automotive industry and its position as a host of global automotive events. , such as the Geneva International Motor Show in Qatar and Formula 1,” the QM said. “The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Qatar Investment Authority, Sealine Sports Club (Mawater) and members of the Qatar Auto Museum Advisory Board.”
Additional plans for the Qatar Auto Museum will be announced in the coming months.

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