Qatar has plenty to offer to sports and art enthusiasts


In recent days, Vladimir Cnota, President of the CCPF Czech-Qatar Chamber of Commerce, officially visited the State of Qatar. In addition to trade negotiations aimed at further deepening of business bilateral relations, additional meetings with the Qatari side were held and a dialogue on cultural exchange with the Qatar Museums was launched. The Qatari side showed serious interest in Czech museum collections and would particularly welcome exhibits that would give an idea to the local public about Czech culture, art and traditions.

Vladimír Cnota, President of the CCPF Czech-Qatar Chamber of Commerce, on a meeting at Qatar Museums

A visit to the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, one of the most interesting institutions in the region, proved to be a very interesting one. Sheikh Faisal has collected during his rich life a large number of art exhibits from different cultures and periods. His museum boasts the largest collection of manuscripts in the world, a large collection of Asian ceramics, as well as the largest private collection of cars in the world. Car enthusiasts can see there rare models like vintage Cadillac alongside Michael Schumacher formula. An extraordinary experience was also the visit to the Carpet Museum, under the Sheikh Faisal Museum. This museum is located in the very center of Doha, where it occupies the entire floor of a high-rise building. It is the largest collection of carpets in the world, unparalleled beyond the Middle East. The total number of exhibits is several thousand and the visitor will find beautifully made Persian, Ottoman or Central Asian carpets of immense value. A real rarity is a carpet made of silver and gold, which comes from Iran and dates back to 18th century. It is also remarkable for its weight, even two adult men cannot carry it despite its small size. The Carpet Museum has been opened solely to Sheikh Faisal's friends and family, but this is about to change. The museum is working on making the carpet collection open to general public. Doha will surely become a desired destination for carpet lovers from around the world.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Carpet Museum, Qatar

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Carpet Museum, Qatar  - a priceless carpet made of gold and silver

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, Qatar

Exhibition halls in the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, Qatar

Vladimir Cnota, President of the CCPF Czech-Qatar Chamber of Commerce, also had the honor of being invited to the VIP box of the 2020 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, which was played in Doha. Many male tennis stars like Stan Wawrinka and Andrey Rublev did not miss this ATP Tour tournament.

Qatar Open 2020 match, Verdasco vs. Andujar

Qatar Open 2020, service by Verdasco

Qatar Open 2020, greetings from winner of the match

Vladimír Cnota with former Qatari Olympic Committee Chairman, Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and Qatari Tennis Federation General Secretary, Mr. Tariq Darwish Zainal

In recent years, Qatar has become a venue of major tennis matches, as evidenced by the prestigious women's WTA ranking tournament, which will take place again in Doha in February, and which has been won before by the Czech tennis star Karolína Plíšková. This year the tournament should not be without the Czech participation either. Qatar supports various sports and has become the center of sport events in the Middle East. In addition to the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by Qatar in 2022,  IAAF World Athletics Championships took place there last year, for the first time in the Middle East.

Qatar Open 2020, Qatar Airways lounge

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