The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) House called ‘Bayt Qatar’ – meaning ‘the House of Qatar’ – overlooks the River Thames and has now officially opened its doors to visitors, athletes and media. Guests were welcomed at the opening by HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee.
Bayt Qatar brings together all that is unique to Qatar and the Arab world, from ancient Islamic art to modern Arab art and works by celebrated photographers and sculptures to ground-breaking innovations from Qatar, said His Excellency.
Bayt Qatar will be open to those who wish to experience a host of exhibitions, programmes and events that explore and celebrate Qatari sports and culture. Guests at Bayt Qatar will enjoy warm Arab hospitality with the opportunity to savour wonderful local food, music, performances, art and culture.
In addition, Bayt Qatar, has been beautifully designed to reflect traditional Ramadan decoration as the Holy Month coincides with the games. The House will welcome all Arab National Olympic Committees and athletes, inviting them to ‘Iftar’ during this auspicious time.
The House will also showcase the rapid economic growth of the State of Qatar, and is being supported by QNB, Qtel, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, Msheireb Properties, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Museums Authority.
The Brigitte and Marian Lacombe exhibition ‘Hey’Ya: Arab Women in Sport,’ commissioned by Qatar Museums Authority and showing at Sotheby’s, will be featured in the House, alongside a programme of films selected for screening by the Doha Film Institute.
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