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The Geneva International Motor Show Qatar 2023

23 Mar 2023

Every year, hundreds of manufacturers and engine enthusiasts around the world used to prepare for the Geneva International Motor Show, which includes special announcements of the most important brands, designs that have not been seen before, and a wide presence of modified cars.

An agreement had been reached between the organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show and the Qatari authorities in 2021 on the organization of the Geneva International Motor Show Qatar, scheduled to take place in Doha every two years starting in in October 2023. The Geneva International Motor Show is also set to return to Geneva in the spring of 2024, after having been unable to take place for the last few years due to the consequences of the Corona Pandemics.

A range of activities provide a special experience for car lovers

A range of activities provide a special experience for car lovers

The Geneva International Motor Show Qatar is conceived as the Festival of Automotive Excellence. Exhibitor registration has already started in February 2023 and the newly created festival will take place from Thursday, 5 October to Saturday, 14 October 2023

Driven by the great passion of car enthusiasts, the Festival will go beyond the closed halls of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre to the streets and museums of Doha, and from the city to the roads and racetracks, and after all, to the desert. It provides visitors with various opportunities to get behind the wheel, as it presents the best and most dynamic shows in the world, from extended driving experiences and driving experiences through speed circuits and desert motorsports.

Perhaps the most important footage of the Geneva International Motor Show - Qatar 2023 coincides with the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on October 8, 2023 at the Lusail International Circuit, which will give fans a golden opportunity to be in this atmosphere full of passion for everything related to cars. Exhibitors are also able to receive guests in their desert camp south of Doha in the Sealine area, where guests can go on off-road driving adventures where the desert meets the sea. The Sealine Desert is a short drive from the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, while its unique landscapes and charming inland sea present an off-road challenge for all 4x4 driving enthusiasts and an unforgettable experience of driving through the desert terrain.

Although it will not officially open until 2025, the Qatar Auto Museum will open part of its amazing collection to visitors. To this end, the museum has partnered with the Geneva International Motor Show Qatar. The Qatar Auto Museum was conceived and established by Qatar Museums, the Qatari funding agency for arts and culture, and will showcase how car culture in Qatar and around the world has evolved in the past and present, and what its future holds. The museum houses an exclusive collection of cars that are among the most important in the world, reflecting the importance of the automobile as part of modern Qatari culture.

All in all, Geneva International Motor Show Qatar will bring lovers of design, technology and innovation to see the outstanding display of classic cars, limited edition models, supercars and racing cars, as well as another group of cars that has not been displayed before.

The importance of the Geneva International Motor Show

The importance of the Geneva International Motor Show

The Geneva International Motor Show has been a starting point that sets the future direction for the world's automotive industry since 1905. It is considered the most important motor show in Europe and one of the most famous and influential in the world. With regard to Geneva and Doha, the organizer and rights holder is the Comité permanent du Salon international de l'automobile de Genève, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Geneva International Motor Show - Qatar is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors and more than a thousand representatives of the international media. It is planned to be held once every two years, in conjunction with the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix. The Geneva International Motor Show Qatar and its partners also provide exhibitors with a distinguished participation experience. running smoothly in all its phases, from cargo operations to stand construction and hospitality.

Qatar welcoming the event at all levels and Implementation partners

Qatar welcoming the event at all levels and Implementation partners

Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

The Doha Exhibition and Convention Center is the main center for hosting the Geneva International Motor Show - Qatar. The center is characterized by being a distinguished and developed destination for hosting events, as well as being located in the vital West Bay area. The exceptional atmosphere provided by the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center will be an ideal environment for displaying cars. The Doha Exhibition and Convention Center benefits from the agreements it has concluded with a group of four and five star hotels. The center opened in 2015 with an area of 47,700 square metres, and offers five spacious, column-free halls with an area of 29,000 square meters.

Qatar Tourism

Qatar Tourism is the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the Qatari tourism sector, and it is the official promoter of the Geneva International Motor Show - Qatar. Qatar Tourism seeks to enhance Qatar's entire tourism value chain by developing more tourism products and services, thus attracting more than six million international visitors annually by 2030, making Qatar the fastest growing destination in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways

It is the official airline of the exhibition, and connects more than 150 global destinations on the map daily, through a fleet of the latest aircraft and through an airport that is the best airport in the world, which is Hamad International Airport in Qatar. Qatar Airways, as the official airline of the exhibition, will facilitate cargo and customs operations for the cars and the exhibition pavilions.

Qatar Business Events Company

Qatar Business Events Company is the executive arm of Qatar Tourism, and it was established in November 2018 as part of a restructuring process aimed at unifying and coordinating efforts within the tourism sector. The company undertakes the process of attracting international events, organizing and managing local and regional events, operating the facilities for hosting them in Qatar (especially the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center), in addition to participating in regional and international exhibitions and conferences with the aim of strengthening Qatar’s position as a leading destination for business events.

Qatar Museums

Qatar Museums, Qatar's patron of the arts and culture sector, has designed and constructed the soon-to-open Qatar Car Museum. The museum houses an exclusive collection of cars that are among the most exclusive in the world, reflecting the importance that cars have within modern Qatari culture.

Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation

The Qatar Motorsports Federation was established in 1987. The Qatar Motorsports Federation is a non-profit government organization and is the only body authorized to oversee motorsports in the State of Qatar. Its main mission is to promote motorsport in the State of Qatar and the Middle East region within standards of safety, health and integrity.

Lusail International Circuit

The construction of the Lusail International Circuit of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation began in 2003 at a cost of $58 million and opened in 2004. It is located 30 km from the center of Doha and is considered the best race track in the Middle East as the circuit consists of a track that extends for a distance of 5.4 km of straight sectors and medium curves. A high-speed circuit with two fast left-hand turns, the circuit is currently being completely rebuilt in order to host the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix in 2023, in addition to major improvements to the circuit and spectator facilities. After the Formula 1 race, Losail Circuit will host the exciting driving experiences offered by the participating brands at the Geneva International Motor Show - Qatar.

Qatar the perfect location for the new exhibition

Qatar the perfect location for the new exhibition

Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It currently has the highest per capita GDP in the Middle East. Thanks to the positive outlook for the Qatari economy, the auto market is expected to maintain its vitality and growth rates.

Qatar is known as a major center for luxury lovers in the Middle East

The luxury car market in Qatar is currently the fastest growing in the world

Qatar National Vision 2030 supports investment in electric cars and encourages an increase in the number of electric charging stations in the country

- The fastest growth rates of high net worth individuals in the world (Qatar and the Middle East)

The total number of ultra-high net worth individuals across the Middle East will increase by 25% and is expected to reach 663,483 by 2026, according to Knight Frank.

Qatar also offers its visitors from all over the world a unique blend that combines originality and tradition on the one hand, and sophistication and modernity on the other hand. Its visitors always enjoy the transition from the atmosphere of tourist attractions, hotels, and modern means of transportation to the atmosphere of old markets, museums, and of course, to the atmosphere of deserts and golden sand dunes.

- 80% of the world's population is only 6 hours away from Qatar by plane

Qatar has the best hospitality sector in the Middle East

Qatar has the best airline in the world and the best airport in the world, according to Skytrax International

- Qatar is the safest country in the world, according to the global database encyclopedia "Nambio"

- Qatar welcomed 1.4 million international visitors from January to October 2022 (excluding the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 period)

- Visitors from the GCC countries accounted for 43% of the total visitors to Qatar in 2022 ahead of the World Cup, and most of them came from Saudi Arabia.

Qatar National Vision 2030 aims to attract more than 6 million visitors annually by 2030 and increase the contribution of tourism to the gross domestic product to 12%.

- Doha won the title of Arab Tourism Capital for the year 2023 from the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism in late 2022.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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