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Posted On: 22 February 2009 09:18 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Classic cars for Gulf adventure

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The Arabian Gulf Adventure Tour, the first extensive tour of classic cars to be organised in the region, is to kick off tomorrow at The Pearl-Qatar. More than 70 classic cars, including a collection of Rolls-Royces, representing virtually every year and model of the legendary brand – including a pristine 1912 Silver Ghost, are to be featured. It is organised by Peter Cameron, the mastermind behind earlier successful tours of Malaysia in 2001 and Borneo in 2005. The objective is to promote regional tourism, showcase rare cars and to offer the participants the opportunity to experience Arab hospitality and learn about the local culture. All the classically-engineered cars are in working order and most have travelled on similar tours throughout the world, some as long as the 2007 Peking to Paris Rally. This particular tour brings together motoring enthusiasts from all over the world too, including the UK, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and Bermuda. The event is organised on a non-profit basis and is supported by a committee of seasoned volunteers. The Alfardan Group, in close co-operation with main sponsor and official carrier Qatar Airways, has helped bring this unique classic cars adventure to the Middle East. The Alfardan Group will facilitate the complex logistical aspects of the programme throughout the Gulf region. The tour is also receiving support from various regional government agencies and tourism authorities, The Commercialbank of Qatar and many other bodies. From Doha the tour goes to Abu Dhabi, transiting Saudi Arabia, before touching the historic town of Nizwa in Oman, via Al Ain, continuing on to the Omani capital Muscat, before ending up in Dubai.