AN ATHLETE IN A TUXEDO –
The Bentley Mulsanne at the Diplomatic Club
in Doha. The exclusive Bentley Mulsanne
saloon combines a sporty character and
performance with automotive elegance.
The interior is a masterpiece in leather
This is an outlook that finds clear parallels in modern-day Qatar. The economic backbone of the small emirate is its enormous reserves of natural gas and oil, but the Qataris do not want to limit themselves to these finite resources. Saad Al Muhannadi, Vice President of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is in charge of implementing a vision for the year 2030 which aims to “transform the state from a carbon-based to a knowledge-based economy”. The state foundation plans to invest 190 billion US dollars in the large-scale project, which is founded on the key principles of creativity, intellect and critical thinking. A large Science & Technology Park is already in place, where scientists and engineers from all over the world work on future technologies. Not far away is Education City, which houses branch campuses of top Western universities. What’s more, Doha plans to establish itself as a leading location for sporting and cultural events, most notably the 2022 Soccer World Cup.
The Qataris are busy enhancing their urban infrastructure, already impressive by modern standards. In addition to a metro system, there will be a whole new district without skyscrapers and gated communities. Instead, the focus will be on traditional Qatari architecture blended with Western modernity. For instance, traditional arcades, combined with shady solar roofs, will be designed to make the sweltering heat bearable even without air conditioning.
“Our team is developing an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and high-quality infrastructure”, promises Saad Al Muhannadi. “After all, state-of-the-art technology and tradition combined with sustainability are rated highly here.” A sentence that could just as easily have come from Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer.
Until around 70 years ago, the desert state of Qatar was heavily dependent on the pearl trade. Today, the vast oil and natural gas resources are the emirate’s most important sources of income. The country is home to 1.7 million people, around 800,000 of whom live in the capital city of Doha.
1 Bentley Mulsanne 377 kW, fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 25.3/extra-urban 11.8/combined 16.9; CO2 emissions in g/km: combined 393.
2 Bentley Continental Flying Spur 412 kW, fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 26.2/extra-urban 11.7/combined 17.0; CO2 emissions in g/km: combined 396.
3 Bentley Continental GT/GTC V8 fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined from 16.5 to 10.5; CO2 emissions in g/km: combined from 384 to 246.