Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has announced a partnership with institutes in Germany and Greece to create an exhibition called Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games to tie in with their bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

After appearing in Berlin, the exhibition will be shown in Doha at Al Riwaq (the exhibition hall next to the Museum of Islamic Art) in spring 2013 before making its final appearance in Athens in autumn 2013.

His Excellency Ambassador Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of Qatar in Berlin said, “In Qatar, we have been embarking on an active programme to promote education, culture and sports and this exhibition overlaps with all these areas. Co-organising this exhibition with our reputable partners is an excellent learning and cultural exchange opportunity.”

The first section of the exhibition, devoted to the sanctuary of Olympia, the ancient Olympic Games (776BCE-393CE) and the history of the excavations will be handled by Germany and Greece. There will be over 600 objects on display.

The second section of the exhibition will be handled by QMA, which will cover the history of the modern Olympic Games, from 1896 to the present day.

The exhibition will showcase a great number of outstanding original objects from the Greek and German museums, along with many new objects that have only been discovered in the last 60 years and have never been shown in public.