Some 600 bikers from the six GCC countries will be gathering in Doha to participate in one of the biggest motorbike shows, including a charity event, on January 17 at Aspire Zone Foundation, Soul Riders founder Khalid al-Hamadi has said.
Each biker will contribute a fixed amount of cash to take part in the charity parade and a separate fee for those who want their motorbike entered as part of the bike show. Funds collected from the drive will be donated to the Qatar Red Crescent.
He said more than 45 members have confirmed their participation. Some of the motorbikes which will be showcased are valued at QR500,000.
All 600 bikers from Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar have already registered to join the event especially the charity parade which will start from The Torch Doha at 1pm.
“It is a motorbike show where different categories of bikes are displayed by their owners,” he said.
These categories included: Sportster, Dyna, Softail Touring, V-Rod, Vintage, Touring, Metric Touring, Chopper, Bobber, Burgor, Radical, Trick, Super Shot, Spider CanAm, Hayabousa, the bike with the best paintwork, and the best bike voted by the public. Winners will receive
trophies and other tokens.
Al-Hamadi also said that they have opened the event for public viewing. Some of the programmes will feature entertainment and games for children, food outlets, traditional Qatari dancers and DJs.
Organised by Soul Riders and Mayfair Events, the motorbike show is supported by the Ministry of Interior, Aspire Zone Foundation, The Torch, Qatar Racing Club, Qatar Photographic Society and Qatar Red
“This is to come together as one to help the needy, if it means to make someone in need smile in a way we know best by riding motorbikes, which we do as our passion,” said George Thachil, managing partner, Mayfair Events.
Soul Riders, one of the largest motorcycle groups in Doha, also wants to use their passion to help other people especially those who are in dire need.
The group started in October 2012 with only 11 bikers. Now, it has 62 active members coming from various expatriate communities in Qatar. They recently held a charity motorbike ride to help children with special needs.
Soul Riders had supported similar activities which included breast cancer awareness campaign and activities such as Ride for Hope, Wheels n’ Heels – Reach Out To Asia, Tour Of Qatar Cycling Race, Ride to support the Heir Apparent Cup, Garangao and the Qatar Sport Day Events.
“We are a mix of expatriates and locals who talk one language - motor biking. We are one family. Soul Riders is the only motorbike group from Qatar who are part of the “Bikers Network” which has over 2,000 motorcyclists as its members,” said
The event is open to all motorbikers. Those who are interested to join may call 7770-0074 to register.