Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented By Longines Brings World’s Best Riders and Horses To Compete in Qatar
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Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented By Longines
Brings World’s Best Riders and Horses To Compete in Qatar
Doha – The Longines Arena at Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation (QF), will come alive from February 24-26, when the ninth edition of the spectacular Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines takes place at the world-class equestrian venue.
CHI AL SHAQAB brings the world’s best riders and horses to Qatar to compete over three days in the Olympic disciplines of showjumping, dressage, and para dressage.
Equestrian fans will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s thrilling event, which culminated in a dramatic victory for Germany’s Christian Ahlmann, astride Dominator 2000 Z, in the showpiece Grand Prix jumping finale. In a titanic battle for top honors, a masterful Ahlmann reigned supreme against the world’s showjumping elite. Austria’s Olivier Robert, on Vivaldi des Meneaux, rode bravely into second place after a tremendous performance, while Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels, on Delux van T & L, clinched third place and the final spot on the podium. Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of QF, awarded a jubilant Ahlmann the prestigious winner’s trophy.
Adding to the allure of CHI Al SHAQAB is that it is one of just five CHI events worldwide, and the only of its kind in the Middle East and Asia region. The other four CHI events take place in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Khalifa Al Attiya, Vice Chairman, Supreme Organizing Committee Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines, and Executive Director, Al Shaqab, said: “Participants, spectators, and guests will once again enjoy the thrills and excitement of an outstanding equestrian competition and safe family entertainment.
“Al Shaqab is proud that CHI AL SHAQAB has become a signature annual event for the local community. The Arab world has a very rich equestrian heritage, and through events such as this, Al Shaqab preserves and perpetuates that aspect of Qatari tradition and culture.
“Further proof of the growing success of this magnificent event can be seen in the quality of partners and sponsors it continues to attract, and Al Shaqab thanks them for their sterling support of equestrian sport in Qatar.”
Al Shaqab – A World-Class Facility
Since its establishment in 1992, Al Shaqab’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading global center for equine professionals, while providing an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not only meant preserving, improving, and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but also encouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, Al Shaqab’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 square meters. With a state-of-the-art Main Arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5,000 spectators, Al Shaqab is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.
For further details please visit www.alshaqab.com
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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