National Museum of Qatar Opens Mal Lawal 3 Exhibition – Collectors Car Edition

Mal Lawal 3 Cars, the classic cars edition of the Mal Lawal 3 exhibition, is showcasing a selection of cars from two established local car collectors at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ).

Mal Lawal is a platform that celebrates the art of collecting and brings together private collectors from Qatar to showcase their collectibles.

The cars on display at the exhibition, which opened on December 17 and will run until August 1, 2021, will be changed every three months.

“Mal Lawal has evolved into a platform that transcends museum walls to record local heritage, enhance collecting practices, and promote local collectors and their knowledge among the wider community,” Qatar Museums (QM) chief executive Ahmad Musa al-Namla said in a press statement. “Ahead of Mal Lawal 3, the QM is delighted to present a car exhibition showcasing two of Qatar’s most prominent collectors.

“This collection provides fascinating insights into the country’s evolving history and passion for cars.”

Mal Lawal 3 Cars presents the private collections of Salem Saeed al-Mohannadi and Omar Hussain Alfardan. The local passion for car collecting can be traced back to the arrival of the first shipments of cars into Qatar in the mid-1950s. During this time, cars were mainly imported and acquired with the intent to facilitate everyday life activities. The excitement generated by the new cars ultimately transformed into a passion for collecting cars.

People collect cars, among other reasons, to document and preserve pivotal moments in the nation’s social history, evoke a sense of nostalgia, and establish a collection of exclusive classic cars.

Mal Lawal, which means “of the past”, is an exhibition that, since 2012, has showcased an incredible range of local and regional collectors.

In its third edition, Mal Lawal has expanded its programmes and will launch with the classic cars collectors exhibition in its first opening phase.

In the first quarter of 2021, the NMoQ, together with a prominent sponsor, will launch the second phase, providing a platform to present the stories of 26 Qatari collectors.