Curious about sports activities available in Qatar? Here is an overview.
Qatar nationals are very keen about sports. In fact, the country has been attracting major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup held in 2022 to, the Asian Soccer Cup and the Asian Games, among others. Hence, following or participating in sports events should not be difficult once you have settled there. You can choose from a range of exciting sports activities such as football, tennis, auto racing, horse racing, water sports and much more.
The ExxonMobil Qatar Men's Open Tennis Tournament which is usually held in January, the Qatar Fencing Grand Prix which takes place from January to February, the Qatar Masters Golf Tournament and the Qatar Motor Grand Prix held in March, etc., are the most awaited events every year.
Good to know:
One of the main sports features in Qatar is Aspire which is a 240 hectare property located near Doha's business hub. It is deemed to be a huge sports paradise including modern facilities and infrastructures such as a stadium, medical facilities, a sports academy, a mosque, sports clubs, as well as sports accessory stores.
Football is very popular in Qatar. The football season usually lasts from October to May. Qatari football teams evolve in several leagues, including Qatar Stars League which is the highest level. This league consists of 12 professional teams while the second division involves 6 teams. But you can also find national, regional and local teams which often take part in friendly matches.
Tennis is the second most popular sport in Qatar after football. The season lasts from October to March, including many tournaments throughout the year. The country's best tennis players are involved in the Qatar Tennis Federation. ATP Qatar Open is one of the year's most awaited sporting events.
Right after football and tennis, golf is also popular, with several championships throughout the year. The most popular golf clubs are found in Doha and Mesaieed. The Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex, for its part, hosts not only a golf course but also squash courts, a swimming pool and a gym.
There is no particular season for water sports in Qatar. However, these are more popular from October to March. If you enjoy diving, you can go fishing for pearls in Qatar's abundant lagoons. You can also take part in many other activities such as swimming, sailing, jet skiing, etc.
As regards racing, different types of races are practiced in Qatar, namely, horse racing, camel racing, motorcycle racing, etc. Indeed, Qatari nationals are very keen about racing, especially those of horses and camels as they are usually very involved in breeding. The racing season lasts from October to May and is particularly dominated by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. Camel racing, on the other hand, is especially popular with Sheikhs. Major events are held in March and April.
If you are looking forward for more excitement, you can slide down the desert dunes, go sand skiing or sand boarding. Otherwise, you can enjoy car races, including the Arabian Drag Racing League which is held in Qatar with 11 different classes, namely Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Pro Nitrous, Extreme Pro, among others.
Qatar Tourism www.qatartourism.gov.qa