29 February - 2 March 2024


Join us for the prestigious season curtain-raiser at the magnificent Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre in Doha, Qatar.

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Doha is the capital and largest city in Qatar, located on a small peninsula extending into the Persian Gulf. Until the mid-19th century, Doha was a small fishing and pearling village but it has grown rapidly and today Doha welcomes you with its ultra-modern buildings, immense towers and superb museums, but above all its magnificent Corniche and crystal clear waters.

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha takes place at Al Shaqab, a world-leading equestrian centre. This centre was founded in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir with the mission to preserve and promote Arabian horses,  with the highest standards of breeding and showing of these amazing horses.


The centre also provides innovative, educational and competitive opportunities in all equestrian disciplines.

Al Shaqab is member of Qatar Foundation, founded in 1995 by His Highness, The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Qatar Foundation is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Qatar Foundation carries out its mission through three strategic pillars: education, science and research, and community development.


World Cup 2022

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the world's biggest football tournament,  was for the first time hosted in the Middle East and one of the most compact tournaments ever, meaning fans were able to watch up to two live matches per day.

All of the FIFA World Cup™ stadiums in Qatar are less than an hour’s travel time from one another. Fans could start their day in the south, cheering on their favourite team in Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah City in the afternoon, and head north to soak up the atmosphere at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City later that day for the evening fixture.



Population of Doha

1.8 Million

Tourists per year

18 - 27 c

Average temperature during LGCT

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    How To Get There

    Travel requirements

    Please check which visa policies are relevant to you via this link 


    Event location

    Latitude : 25.307315 | Longitude : 51.438829 

    AL SHAQAB, Gate 7, P.O. Box 90055, Doha, Qatar


    Airport Location 

    Hamad International Airport - 20 km to the city center/45 minutes drive to Al Shaqab 

    GPS Coordinates 25° 18' 26.424'' N 51° 26' 20.2452'' E


    Airport transfer services

    There is a wide variety of transport options at the airport including limousine, taxi, car rental, metro and bus. 


    As in any major city, there is also a wide variety of transport options in the city. Most hotels can advise or make the necessary arrangements for you. Options include taxi, car hire, limousine, and bus.


    Local Culture and Customs


    It is polite to begin any conversation or request with a greeting first, for example ‘Good morning’. 

    As Qatar is a Muslim country, it is advisable to respect the local customs of dress, and to dress in a traditional and conservative, modest style as a visitor.

    It is a fun and acceptable tradition to barter with shopkeepers in local souqs, offering a lower price than you intend to pay and working upwards to what you wish to spend.

    It is advisable to ask permission before taking photographs or videos of people or sensitive sites.

    Alcohol is a strictly regulated concession and usually only available in international hotels or restaurants.

    GC Destinations: Doha


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    Make the most of each event with a hospitality package that gives unfiltered access to the world of equestrian sport and elegant lifestyle.


    Go on tour with Global Champions in the most breathtaking locations.

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