Posted on August 12, 2016

Bayt Qatar, the QOC’s hospitality house for the Rio 2016 Olympics, has completely sold out until the end of the Games on 21st August, the proceeds of which will go to a Brazilian NGO. The QOC are currently looking into how capacity can be increased so that even more public have the opportunity to attend.

Inaugurated in an official ceremony by QOC President H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani on 3rd August – which saw the attendance of key Olympic figures - the Olympic hospitality house is showcasing Qatar’s culture, heritage and passion for sport throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Bayt Qatar offers visitors exciting daily activities including Arabic calligraphy, basket weaving and henna hand painting in the Souq area. Visitors and Brazilian fashion fans also enjoyed unique events such as the exquisite fashion show on Saturday 6th August, thanks to fashion retailer Al-Siddiqi, which combined traditional and contemporary Qatari designs to showcase the creativity and innovation of the Qatari fashion industry.

Bayt Qatar’s Arts and Crafts workshop attracted many youngsters to Casa Daros – the historic building that hosts the hospitality house – for an afternoon of family friendly fun. Older visitors also enjoyed the beautiful melodies of Kervansarai Band whose music is inspired by the cultural relations among western and eastern civilisations. Guests were also able to sample more of what Bayt Qatar will offer including a fine-dining experience provided by world-renowned chefs, Alex Atala and Aysha Al Tamimi, and an intimate performance by the Doha String Quartet. Visitors of all ages can take guided tours through Bayt Qatar’s innovative interactive exhibitions that shed light on Qatar’s history, traditions and development into a global sports hub.

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Team Qatar’s athletes also toured, and dined at Bayt Qatar, including skeet shooting star and Olympic bronze medallist Nasser Al-Attiyah, swimmers Nada Arakji and Noah Al-Khulaifi, weightlifter Fares Ibrahim, the handball team, the beach volleyball team, and flagbearer and equestrian Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al-Thani. The QOC’s National Partners, Ooredoo, Qatar Airways and QIC Group and Official Suppliers, Al Siddiqi and Qatar Airways Holidays are also hosting their own activities and exhibitions, helping to further showcase Qatar’s commitment to using the power of sport to transform lives. Media Partner, Al Kass, is broadcasting live from Bayt Qatar each day so that everyone back in Qatar can keep up to date with what is happening.

In order to give visitors the best possible experience, the QOC has also signed MOUs with several Qatari organisations. These include: Education Above All, who will organise a "Challenges&Reality" exhibition and will bring children from their project in Brazil to experience Qatari culture and a Garangao night, the ICSS who will organise special events for their Save the Dream charity, and the Supreme Committee who will show the progress towards the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. In addition the Qatar Foundation, Al Shaqab, Qatar Museums, Katara, Doha Film Institute, Aspire, Aspetar, We Are Doha, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and the ADLQ, have all contributed films, photos and content to help showcase the very best of Qatar.

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All public entry fees to Bayt Qatar will be donated to Futuro Olimpico, an NGO in Rio de Janeiro founded by Olympic medallist Arnaldo de Oliveira, which aims to take athletics to students of Rio’s public schools and provide them with education medical, social, and psychological assistance. The QOC, Qatar Athletics Federation and Aspire Academy have partnered with Futuro Olimpico and the Rio de Janeiro Athletics Federation to establish ‘Shine’, a project which will provide an opportunity for underprivileged young athletes from across Rio de Janeiro to train at Qatar’s world-class facilities at the Aspire Academy for Sporting Excellence, with specialised coaching and sports science support. Through Shine, the QOC hope to leave a compelling legacy from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Following the Rio 2016 Games, Bayt Qatar will become a bilingual public school – Eleva School – and as a further legacy, the QOC will donate a library to Eleva School.

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