Qatar is no stranger to high rollers – in fact, according to the Boston Consulting Group it was recently found to have the third highest density of millionaires in the world. And this explosion of wealth in the region has been accompanied by a growing obsession with the super-engined, super-fast, and super- expensive super-cars.
So it’s no surprise that the country has become the latest to officially establish a Porsche Club for owners of the sports cars. The club is one of more than 600 in 68 countries, so members will join a huge worldwide network of more than 150,000. The Qatar branch of the club was founded by Khaled Al-Remithi, who spent a year liaising with Porsche Germany to set up the now officially-recognised organisation.
“Motorsports has always been a favourite sport in our society,” commented H.E. Mr Salah Bin Ghanem Al Ali, Qatar’s Minister of Culture & Youth for the Ministry of Culture and Sports, which has also officially recognised the club.
But if you think the club is just a bunch of car owners meeting up to congratulate each other on their latest flashy purchase, you’re wrong. From social get-togethers to rallies, autocross meets and tours, this is about more than just a love of the German cars. Clubs in other countries, for example, have organised tours of the Porsche factory and here in Qatar events have included track days, a club suhoor and specially organised motoring educational activities.
Members will be able to sign up to ladies-only events and family-orientated activities, so the club caters to all backgrounds and ages, but every member has one thing in common: a genuine enthusiasm for the world of motoring.
Annual membership fee QR700. For more information, and to apply for membership, visit www.porscheclubqatar.qa.