The work week is from Sunday to Thursday, with most offices closed on Friday (the Islamic holy day) and Saturday.
Government offices open and close early – generally from around 07:00 to 14:00.
The work week is from Sunday to Thursday, with most offices closed on Friday (the Islamic holy day) and Saturday.
Government offices open and close early – generally from around 07:00 to 14:00.
Qatar has a desert climate with year-round sunshine, hot summers and mild winters.
Mean temperatures in September and October range from mid-twenties at night to high-thirties in mid-day.
Rain is infrequent, averaging 70 mm per year. It falls mainly in brief showers between October and March.
Leading hotels, the airports, shopping malls, larger banks and other new or recently-restored public buildings offer wheelchair access, disabled toilets and allocated parking, but visitors with special requirements are advised to check accessibility at other locations.
The attitude to dress in Qatar is quite relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) should show respect for local culture and customs in public places by avoiding excessively revealing clothing.
Context is important. Bikinis and beachwear are acceptable by the hotel pool but not in public places in the city.
Business visitors should dress as they would do in their home countries.
Female visitors, whether travelling alone or in a group, experience no special restrictions of dress or behaviour in day-to-day life in Qatar.
Women play a full and active part in the life of the country and foreign women visitors can be assured they will be readily accepted and welcomed.
The official language is Arabic.
English is widely spoken and understood.
A wide range of European languages are spoken within the hospitality industry.
Qatar became an independent sovereign state in 1971.
The country comprises an 11,500 sq km peninsula extending northwards into the Arabian Gulf. It has a land border with Saudi Arabia and 563 km of uninterrupted coastline.
Qatar’s population stands at 2.56 million (August 2018) and its capital city is Doha.
Qatar tops the rankings of the world’s richest countries in terms of per capita GDP (c $100,000).
Qatar is an Islamic country and Islam plays an integral role in the life of its citizens.
Prayers take place five times per day – at dawn, around midday, in mid-afternoon, at sunset and about two hours after sunset.
Other religions are respected and Doha’s cosmopolitan population supports many places of worship from Hindu temples to Christian churches.
Qatar benefits from one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It is a safe destination with religious and political stability where the community lives in peace and harmony.
Qatar local time is GMT/UCT + 3 hours. There are no daylight-saving adjustments.
A deep commitment to preserving and promoting Qatar’s heritage has helped Doha establish a growing reputation as a major international centre of arts and culture, boasting an unmatched array of world-class museums, galleries, heritage attractions as well as historical and archaeological sites.
Qatar Museums (qm.org.qa/en) is the main public authority responsible for the development and management of the country’s museums. For more information on its portfolio of fine facilities and events, check its website.
Doha has a number of world-class performance venues, many of them located in the Katara Cultural Village, providing fitting venues for Qatar’s lively cultural scene.
Full details of upcoming concerts, exhibitions, plays and other events in Katara can be found at http://www.katara.net/en/whats-on
Qatar is well-established as a major international sporting venue and host of an impressive calendar of top sporting events.
The warm clear waters of the Gulf are ideal for all types of water sports while, on land, Qatar’s sporting facilities are world-class. Most of them, including the Aspire Zone, Doha Golf Club, Lusail Motor Racing Circuit and the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, are available for use by visitors and residents in addition to hosting top international tournaments and professional sports events.
Visitors can enjoy a myriad of sports activities, including golf, tennis, water sports, diving, fishing, kayaking, kitesurfing, sailing, water surfing.
Perhaps the favourite among all the activities offered by Qatar’s tour operators are the ever-popular off-road desert safaris by 4×4. Besides a heart-stopping roller coaster ride over the precipitous dunes, activities on a safari may include camel riding, sand skiing/boarding or driving a quad bike. Sunrise, daytime, evening and overnight camping trips can all be arranged. Most take place in the high dunes that lie a short distance to the south of Doha where the paved road ends at Sealine Beach Resort. Most safaris include a visit to the spectacular ‘Inland Sea’ at Khor Al Adaid and, depending on the time of day, many make a stop to take in the glorious desert sunset and culminate with a moonlit Bedouin-style barbeque under the stars.
Cruises aboard a traditional wooden Arab dhow are another extremely popular visitor experience. Full-day, half-day and evening sightseeing excursions, including a meal, can be arranged through any of the leading local tour operators (or directly from the dhows moored along the Doha Corniche). The vessels are usually furnished and decorated in Bedouin style and have bathrooms with showers on board. Besides enjoying the view and a barbeque, optional activities may include swimming, snorkeling, fishing, riding a banana boat or jet skiing.
For a combination of sounds, colour and local atmosphere, nothing can beat a trip to the camel races, which are held from October till April on the purpose-built camel track at Al Shahaniya, a 30-minute drive to the west of Doha on the Dukhan road. A visit provides a unique opportunity to witness a traditional sport that has been part of Qatari life for generations. In recent years, technology has caught up with this ancient pastime through the use of titanium robot jockeys equipped with electronic whips. Besides the racing itself, a ‘camel city’ has sprung up nearby, where thousands of men and camels live all year round.
The world of horse racing owes its origins in large part to Arabian bloodstock. Today, Al Shaqab stud farm is a unique facility devoted to the perpetuation and preservation of purebred Arabians. Qatar’s equestrian tradition also flourishes at race meetings held at Doha Racing & Equestrian Club throughout the winter months.
Besides visiting well-known tourist attractions, many travellers love to discover a destination’s ‘hidden gems’ and experience something a little different and special. Some ideas for your visit to Doha include the Falcon Souq in downtown Doha, the ‘Singing Dunes’ in safari trips to the south of Doha, kayaking through the large expanse of mangroves at Al Thakhira, and the unspoiled beaches and wild deer reserve at the isolated Ras Abrouq peninsula
One of the Middle East’s most rapidly growing tourist destinations, Qatar presents the visitor with a kaleidoscope of fascinating contrasts. The following selection of ‘must see’ highlights offers a taste of the country’s rich variety of attractions.
This 7-km long waterfront promenade and park, stretching in a semi-circle around the entire length of Doha Bay, is one of the capital’s showpiece features. It not only offers spectacular vistas of the city – the beautifully-lit night skyline is especially dramatic – but also provides a major vehicle-free recreational oasis, ideal for a jog in the cool of the morning, a relaxing family picnic or a leisurely evening stroll. Off the Corniche, the traditional wooden dhows bobbing in the bay are available for leisure cruises.
For an authentic taste of lively street life, traditional Arab commerce and local architecture, nothing can beat a wander down the bustling alleys of Doha’s central market, Souq Waqif. The labyrinth of small shops offers a dazzling array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and nuts to perfumes, clothing, utensils, handicrafts and a vast range of souvenirs – all at bargain prices. It is also a great place to relax over a coffee or meal, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy an extravaganza of music, art and family entertainment.
The Museum of Islamic Art is a treasure house containing a magnificent collection covering 14 centuries of the finest Islamic art and artefacts from across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. It represents one of the jewels in Qatar’s growing reputation as the region’s ‘Capital of Arts and Culture’ and ranks internationally among the world’s leading cultural landmarks. Designed by the celebrated architect IM Pei, the museum is housed in a dramatic modern building prominently situated along the Corniche waterfront.
Katara is a purpose-built cultural and recreational district along the coast north-west of the city centre. A modern interpretation of the rich architectural heritage of Arabia, Katara is ideal for a relaxing day of culture, entertainment and family fun. Its impressive theatres and performance venues feature leading regional and international artists and stage plays, concerts, film festivals and much more. Recreational options include an extensive and well-tended beach with water sports facilities and a myriad of restaurants and cafes.
Close to Katara is another striking new attraction, the spectacular man-made island of The Pearl-Qatar with its impressive marina esplanades, luxury towers and villas. While some of its planned facilities, including hotels, are still to be completed, the sheer opulence of the Pearl’s ambience, high-end boutiques, fine dining and Mediterranean-style waterfront walks make it a special experience.
Some 60 km from Doha in the south-eastern corner of the country lies one of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders, Khor Al Adaid, also known as the ‘Inland Sea’. A UNESCO recognised nature reserve, it is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert. Inaccessible by road, this tranquil expanse of water can only be reached by 4×4 across the high dunes. For most visitors, the best way to experience this unique Qatari phenomenon is as part of one of the many organised desert safaris run by local tour operators.
Located on Qatar’s north-west coast 100 km from Doha, Al Zubarah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of international significance. It comprises the immaculately restored Zubarah Fort and surrounding 60-hectare archaeological site covering the remains of a historic walled coastal town built in the mid-18th century. Al Zubarah was at one time not only the most important pearl diving and trading centre on the Qatar peninsula, but also one of the leading ports throughout the entire Gulf, with links extending across the Indian Ocean. The Fort houses a visitor centre.
Opened in April 2014, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport is conveniently located just south of Doha city. Named Best Airport in the Middle East in the 2015 Skytrax awards, it can handle 8,700 passengers per hour and will gradually increase annual capacity from 30 million passengers to 50 million on final completion. Immigration formalities, baggage reclaim and other passenger services are designed to be ultra-efficient. In addition to its role as Qatar Airways’ home base, HIA also serves more than 50 other international airlines. The taxi transfer time to the city centre is some 30 minutes.
The Doha Metro is a new, state-of-the art, best in class automated rail network, running mostly underground and across the city of Doha.
Doha Metro provides accessible stations with distinctive branding, signage, and digital displays inside and outside the stations. With live real time service updates, simple fare structure for Travel Cards, as well as a handy mobile app with all the information you will need when travelling with us. Doha Metro is your answer to safe, convenient, affordable and stress-free travel around the city of Doha.
Public bus network that provides easy and affordable transport options around Doha
Taxi services are available through a national provider and can be arranged in advance or hailed on the street.
Ride hailing services are accessible in Doha through three major online providers
A lot of accommodation choices varying from high-end five-star hotels to more affordable residences are available across Doha, ensuring diverse options that cater to all needs and budgets.
Qatar’s hotels accommodate around 20,000 rooms and most of the properties are located near Doha’s booming business quarter.
A range of boutique hotels and serviced apartments are also available to complement the hospitality scene in the country.
All hotels offer a range of facilities and services such as health clubs and spas, salons, swimming pools, food and beverage outlets, movie theaters and entertainment venues. Additionally, several hotels have their own private beaches and beachfront facilities.
Doha is a shopper’s paradise offering the visitor an array of experiences and options, from the comfort and elegance of spacious modern shopping malls to the more typically Middle Eastern experience and ambience to be found in the souqs.
Mall of Qatar has introduced a brand-new shopping concept that is capturing the imagination of the entire nation with 500,000 sq. m of innovative shopping, top-notch recreation and remarkable leisure options.
Doha Festival City is home to over 500 stores, ranging from day-to-day shopping to the most luxurious of high-end fashion. Over 100 restaurants are set to satisfy every culinary taste, and the world’s largest Monoprix Hypermarket will ensure your home is stocked with all you need.
Family fun can be found across the mall, from VOX Cinemas to awe-inspiring theme parks, from Angry Birds World to Snow Dunes, Juniverse, and Virtuocity, and IKEA will keep your home furnished with modern Swedish design.
Mirqab Mall is situated on one of the oldest and most famous shopping streets in Doha. Historically, it has been a street where shoppers have come to window shop and enjoy the special ambience of the area. It is for this reason that the front of the mall has been kept as open as possible with glass windows and promenade entrances.
Villaggio is located on Al Waab Street in the west end of the city and within Aspire Zone and is home to an average of 50,000 visitors daily, and a footfall over 1.5 million people for every month of the year. This record is unrivalled anywhere in the region and is testimony to the quality of the Villaggio experience.
The Gate Mall offers you unparalleled, upscale shopping and dining experiences, enveloped in an atmosphere of elegance. As an award-winning architectural monument, that has no parallel in the region, The Gate Mall embodies luxury from the moment you enter its lavish spaces. From encountering the world’s leading retail brands, to mingling in art and culture related experiences, and indulging one’s taste buds in an array of cuisines, visitors to The Gate Mall are invited on a journey of discovery.
Influential and inspirational in equal measure, Lagoona Mall’s attractive fusion of retail and lifestyle is changing the way shopping is perceived, making Lagoona Mall not just a destination… but a revelation.
Lagoona Mall has emerged as the place to be seen for those who value a touch of class. For global brands, Lagoona Mall offers pristine, picture-perfect surroundings and an attractive client base. Located in Doha’s affluent West Bay Residential Lagoona Mall development that houses some of the city, Lagoona Mall is an oasis of exclusivity and enchantment dedicated to luxury and style.
Landmark Mall stands tall as the place to see and be seen. Loved by everyone throughout Qatar, it’s an attraction where the most discerning can shop, relax and enjoy the finer experiences in life.
The brightly lit, spacious mall provides a relaxed shopping experience with retail outlets offering a rich and diverse selection of well-known brands. The mall also hosts Carrefour hypermarket, food court, fine and casual dining restaurants, offering a wide choice of delicious options, a multi-screen Cineplex and Circus Land indoor amusement park.
Designed and engineered to be an everlasting icon in Qatar, The Pearl-Qatar is UDC’s jewel in the crown. Home to several enchanting precincts, The Pearl offers luxurious living to a multitude of refined tastes. A self-sustaining real estate development that includes all the amenities and lifestyle privileges any resident or guest could ask for. Distributed across architecturally distinct precincts, The Pearl offers apartments, villas, townhouses, diverse leisure and entertainment facilities, award-winning marinas and beautiful serene beaches.
Doha has a lively restaurant scene. Options range from formal fine dining to relaxed fast food outlets and coffee shops. Many restaurants offer an authentic taste of Arabia and the Middle East, but all the major cuisines of the world are also well represented, from French and Italian to Chinese and Japanese and everything in between.
To check out the full range and diversity of Doha’s dining options, the following are some of the websites offering free and comprehensive restaurant listings and reviews.
A Doha 2030 Asian Games will provide a gateway to a brighter future for Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the Asian Sports Federations and Qatar. The Games will deliver a lasting sustainable Asian Olympic legacy through a celebration of sport for life, peaceful diversity, excellence and certainty.
Qatar is a land born from the sands and seas of the Middle East, where tradition and natural beauty meet modernity. It has developed and evolved into a rich and diverse multicultural society, accepting of people of all genders, races and cultures. Our passionate people, along with the highest levels of government, fully support hosting the Asian Games in 2030.
We are an open, hospitable and friendly city ready to welcome the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and all 45 National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
From the moment guests are welcomed to Hamad International Airport, Qatar’s world-class hospitality, culture and diversity are evidenced in abundance. Here, 80 per cent of the world’s population is within a six-hour flight of Qatar, serving as a gateway to 150 destinations worldwide and over fifty international airlines.
From Hamad International Airport, Doha’s wealth of history, culture and entertainment is accessible to all guests. A land where Neolithic rock carvings, ancient dwellings and desert adventures live hand-in-hand with modern skyscrapers, museums and international sports venues.
When not competing in these world-class venues or training in our state-of-the-art training and rehabilitation facilities, Doha provides the perfect surroundings for athletes and the whole OCA family to relax and enjoy themselves.
Based in Qatar’s first sustainable and advanced technology hub in Lusail City, Asia’s athletes would live in a Doha 2030 Village that couples high-performance with a relaxing and inclusive atmosphere. With the Village located on average 20 minutes from the venues, athletes would be guaranteed a comfortable, safe and relaxing environment.
Athletes, fans and all delegates would be able to explore Doha, walking around freely in a harmonious society.
Qatar is our home, but it is also yours. It is a country home to people of 94 different nationalities. It is a cosmopolitan melting pot that welcomes all.
In Qatar, there is something for everyone. Whether that is choosing from one of the thousands of family-style or fine dining restaurants and cafes serving local and international cuisines, or enjoying the pristine white sandy beaches and warm waters of the country’s coastline. Or spending time among the many museums, art galleries and public art installations that celebrate traditional and contemporary Qatari and Asian culture.
And for those more inclined to see modernity meet tradition, visitors can walk along Doha Bay’s 7km long waterfront promenade and witness traditional wooden dhow’s contrasted by spectacular vistas of the city and modern skyscrapers. A quaint seafaring past turned bold, modern and global.
Doha is a city that has so much to offer.
Doha 2030 is ready to be Your Home, Your Gateway.
Your gateway to diversity; to inclusivity; and to a warm welcome
At a time when uncertainty has become the new norm, the sport movement needs security now more than ever.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption all over the world and the extent of its long-term impact on the global sports industry and global economy is still unknown. Asia therefore needs assurance that its flagship event is in safe hands for 2030. However, the OCA family also deserves more than certainty. It deserves a gateway to sustainable excellence in order to ensure the Asian Games’ long-term future.
Successfully hosting the Asian Games in 2006 coupled with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, has served as a catalyst for sport development in Qatar and has contributed to positive change throughout the country. At the heart of this, is the high-tech sporting infrastructure that has already been built. As a result, there would be no need to build any new or unplanned permanent venues to host the Games in 2030. This sustainable model will allow Qatar to fully focus on providing the best possible experience for the athletes, fans, and the OCA.
Qatar has a proven track-record in delivering sporting events of the highest quality at its venues. The legacy of Doha 2006 has resulted in the city hosting game-changing sports events that have benefited the whole of Asia. In the past 15 years alone, Qatar has hosted more than 500 major international sports events, conferences, and training camps. From the 2019 IAAF World Championships and inaugural ANOC World Beach Games, to the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup, Doha has the expertise and experience to provide both certainty now and a sustainable blueprint for future host cities. Qatar has shown itself to be a reliable partner to the OCA and many International and Asian Federations.
As well as the advanced competition venues, Doha already has access to some of the very best training, sports medicine, and rehabilitation facilities in the world. These facilities will ensure that athletes are able to compete at their very best and that they put on the ultimate sporting spectacle, come Games time.
Qatar will be able to put its experience and expertise to the benefit of the OCA and Asia’s NOCs. Doha’s Games readiness today will act as a gateway of opportunity for Asia’s athletes and their NOCs to benefit over the next 10 years.
In addition to the city’s elite sports facilities, Doha has world-leading hotel and transport infrastructure already in place, ensuring Qatar is ready to deliver a festival of Asia’s rich and vibrant cultures. The cosmopolitan city’s combination of tradition and modernity provides assurance that Qatar will cater for all visitors and host an event that truly celebrates unity through sport.
Doha 2030 demonstrates how a sustainable and profitable Games concept can be developed even in times of great uncertainty. Qatar’s bid has been developed to ensure the readiness of the city to host the event today can be the gateway for legacy now and support the OCA and Asia’s NOCs for the next 10 years and beyond.
Doha is ready to begin work immediately on delivering a meaningful and lasting legacy for Asia.
Due to the legacy of Doha 2006 and Qatar’s National Vision 2030, Doha 2030 does not need to preoccupy itself with planning, funding and building ambitious infrastructure projects to support Games operations. Everything Doha needs is either already in place or planned. The next 10 years can be spent concentrating on what matters most: ensuring the Asian Games is a catalyst for accelerated sports development across the whole continent.
Doha 2030 has an unprecedented opportunity to work with the OCA and Asia’s NOCs to better understand the challenges they are facing and identify ways that the Games can help contribute to overcoming them.
At a time when the whole of Asia has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Doha 2030 is ready to be the partner the continent needs and serve as a gateway to legacy now and after 2030.
Hosting Doha 2030 will provide investment opportunities for the development of athletes and NOCs ahead of the Asian Games ensuring the best possible performances of all nations at the event.
Doha 2030 will plan and deliver training camp programmes in all Olympic sports of the Doha 2030 sports programme. We will introduce lectures and workshops by the Aspetar Center of Excellence scientists, in all areas of sport development and science to directly benefit the current practice and legacy of the athletes. And, in the period leading to the Games, Doha 2030 will run a series of programmes targeting sports administrators. Leveraging the knowledge of the Josoor Institute and the Qatar Olympic Academy, we will offer education, training and professional certification in sport and event management.
Doha 2030 will also deliver a Youth Camp programme to promote the values of Olympism and inspire young talented athletes to become Asia’s future champions. The programme will feature a combination of sport, cultural and social activities, to help create long lasting friendships, enhance experiences and act as a catalyst for their future sport and social career.
The facilitation of cultural exchange and strengthening of respect and understanding between nations is a key aspect of Doha 2030’s legacy plans. We want to ensure that Doha 2030 will be a festival of our continent’s rich and vibrant cultures and a commemoration of our unity through sport.
Doha 2030’s legacy will be to support development throughout the continent in the lead up to and after the Games. But also, to provide a platform that connects all nations and celebrates our peaceful diversity.
Doha 2030 will truly be Your Gateway to a brighter future for Asian sport.
A future that meets the needs and priorities of the OCA and the Asian NOCs.
Doha’s competition and non-competition venues are centrally located on a compact Games footprint. Venues have been selected taking into account the technical requirements of their respective International Federation (IF) sports and facilities requirements, been strategically located within the city network for ease access and above all, are “tested’ facilities, used in previous staged World Championships and Games (Doha 2006 Asian Games / Doha 2011 Arab Games /2019 ANOC World Beach Games). Doha is ready.
The Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee has pledged to provide all members of the OCA family with an experience of a lifetime should Doha be awarded the Games in 2030.
Doha is a truly multicultural city – home to people from nearly 100 different countries – and an established international destination which attracts millions of tourists each year. Doha 2030 will draw from the city’s wealth of history, culture and entertainment, to ensure that every Games participant is made to feel welcome in 2030 and that their needs are catered for.
The city’s beautiful, family-friendly beach resorts and luxury spas will provide the perfect place to relax and unwind away from competition. Doha’s multitude of world-class shopping malls offer visitors an array of high street and luxury brands as well as a range of recreational facilities; while those looking to experience the heritage of traditional Arab markets can visit Doha’s spellbinding Souqs.
Doha also boasts a thriving arts and culture scene with countless museums, galleries and public art installations that showcase traditional and contemporary Qatari and Asian culture. This fusion of cultures and the old and new is a hallmark of Doha. It is reflected in the tradition of its harbours set against a backdrop of stunning modern skyscrapers and in the rich diversity of its restaurants and nightlife. From fine-dining to family-style, Doha’s thousands of restaurants and cafes serve local and international cuisines that will cater for the tastes of the whole OCA family.
Doha 2030 Asian Games Bit Committee CEO and the secretary general of Qatar Olympic Committee HE Jassim Albuenain said:
“Doha has the experience and expertise to deliver Games services to the very highest standards. We can guarantee world-class venues and training facilities, 5-star accommodation and a seamless modern transport network, all of which combine to ensure Asia’s athletes will be the stars of our show. But Doha also offers so much more. It is a city where different cultures live side by side in harmony and friendship; where tradition meets modernity and where nature meets human innovation. Doha 2030 would ensure that the special moments the OCA family enjoy in 2030 would go beyond competitions and would be part of the everyday experiences of living in our magical and inclusive city.”
Qatar National Tourism Council secretary-general and Qatar Airways Group chief executive HE Akbar al-Baker said “The Asian Games is about more than sport. It is an opportunity to bring Asia together in friendship and celebration of our cultural diversity. We have no doubt that Doha is the perfect city to do that because it already makes these kind of connections every day. It is a melting pot of different cultures and nationalities and attracts millions of international visitors every year. Doha has something to offer everyone, whatever your age, background or interests. It is a city where everyone is welcome and where we all belong. And it is a city that is ready to provide the OCA family with the experience of a lifetime in 2030.”
Doha’s bid for the 2030 Asian Games has been boosted by support from world-leading international partners including: Qatar Airways, beIN, Qatar Foundation, Aspire Academy, and Ooredoo each of which have fully committed to help Doha 2030 deliver the most spectacular and engaging Asian Games.
The globally-recognised organizations bring decades of specialised, best-in-class experience and expertise to Doha 2030 and reinforce the certainty the bid is ready to offer Asia. As a result, Doha 2030 will be able to focus on providing a Games legacy that starts immediately and benefits all Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
Qatar Foundation, which is home to some of the world’s leading educational institutes as well as world-class sporting facilities, will play a central role in ensuring that Doha 2030 pushes boundaries and focuses on bringing benefits to the Asian Olympic family.
Mrs Machaille Hassan Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, Qatar Foundation, said: “Qatar Foundation and Doha 2030 share a commitment to providing opportunities for people within Qatar, across the region, and beyond to fulfil their potential, and a belief in the power of sport to empower, inspire, and unify.
“Our support for Doha 2030 – in the form of our knowledge, experience, infrastructure, and ethos as an organization – reflects Qatar Foundation’s role in driving innovation and fostering social development through sport and education. We are proud to play our part in Doha’s bid to host a 2030 Asian Games that celebrates Asia’s cultural diversity and leaves a true human and social legacy. Doha 2030 will also partner with Qatar Museums to highlight the importance of sport and culture and organise associated events and activations that showcase the culture and traditions of Asia.
The internationally-known Aspire Zone Foundation, has state-of-the-art sports venues and through Aspire Academy is dedicated to the development of youth athletes. It is also home to the world-leading sports medicine hospital Aspetar which provides specialised, best-in-class support for athletes. The Aspire Zone Foundation a tangible legacy product of the Doha 2006 Asian Games. Mr. Mohammed Khalifa Alsuwaidi, CEO of Aspire Zone Foundation said:
“At Aspire Zone Foundation we have some of the best venues and sports training and medical facilities in the world and we are ready to partner with Doha 2030 to put these facilities to the benefit of Asia’s athletes. Our commitment to developing young athletes is fully aligned with Doha 2030’s ambition to help Asia’s NOCs prepare their strongest ever Asian Games teams. As part of the Doha 2030’s legacy programme we hope to have the opportunity to welcome Asian NOCs and their teams to Aspire from next year onwards so we can provide them with the best environment to train ahead of the Asian Games 2030”.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: "Qatar Airways will ensure all of Asia can easily travel to Doha 2030. The national carrier of the State of Qatar is committed to partnering with Doha 2030 to help deliver one of the most easily accessible Asian Games ever hosted. Prior to COVID-19, we connected more than 165 destinations via our award winning hub, Hamad International Airport. Every year we serve millions of tourists who come to visit Doha for its beautiful beach resorts, cultural attractions and world-class sports, business and leisure facilities. For 2030 we are ready to provide convenient and high-quality travel for the OCA family so they can experience the magic of an Asian Games in one of the world’s most welcoming cities.”
Mr. Yousef Al-Obaidly, beIN media group CEO added:
“Doha has vast experience in staging world-class international sports events to the highest standards and I have no doubt it would host an unforgettable Asian Games in 2030. At beIN we are fully prepared to share our expertise and help Doha 2030 provide an international platform that showcases Asia’s best athletes to a global audience.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Thani, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar at leading telecommunications operator Ooredoo, said:
“Ooredoo is excited by the prospect of working with Doha 2030 to deliver the most technologically advanced Asian Games in history. Given the heart of Doha 2030’s bid is the desire to connect Asia and bring the continent together through sport, Ooredoo is an ideal partner; we are committed to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle for all as part of our corporate social responsibility strategy. Ooredoo’s contribution will be the provision of high-quality, reliable and secure telecommunications so that athletes, fans and all of the OCA family can share in the joy of the Games.”
A host of international sports stars have expressed their full support for Doha’s bid to host a 2030 Asian Games that will deliver an inclusive and magical experience for athletes and all members of the OCA family.
Among those to express their support are two-time Asian Games gold medallist, two-time Olympic medallist and two-time high-jump World Champion, Mutaz Essa Barshim; Asian Games gold medallist and Olympic bronze medallist in shooting, and rally driving champion, Nasser Al Attiyah; and Qatar’s first female Olympic swimmer Nada Arkaji.
Mutaz Essa Barshim said:
“One of my first ever senior competitions was the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games and I will never forget what an honour it was to live side-by-side with my Asian brothers and sisters. While I think the Asian Games in 2030 may come too late for me personally, I have no doubt Doha 2030 would be an unforgettable event,
“I have had the privilege of competing in Doha on many occasions, notably last year during the World Athletics Championships, and international athletes always tell me what an amazing place it is to compete. It has some of the best venues and training facilities in the world and you always know the service and support for athletes will be world-class. I really hope that Doha is awarded the 2030 Asian Games so all Asian athletes and the wider Asian sports community can experience this for themselves.”
Nasser Al Attiyah added:
“I had the honour of competing in Doha 2006 and the atmosphere of celebration and unity I experienced during the Games still lives with me. It was not my most successful Asian Games, but it was one that provides some of my fondest memories. Since then I have seen how Doha has made significant investment into sport and hosted hundreds of sports events, training camps and more. With all this experience and expertise I have no doubt that Doha can host an even better Asian Games in 2030 to the one I experienced in 2006. But one thing that will be the same will be that all of Asia is made to feel valued and welcomed.”
Nada Arkaji said:
“It has been an honour to be involved in the Doha 2030 bid and ensure that athletes are at the very centre of the bid’s plans. We want to make sure athletes have everything they need to be able to achieve their dreams in Doha.
“We know what an important role sport plays in helping to drive positive social change and as a female Olympian in Qatar, I myself have seen first-hand how powerful sport is in changing attitudes. Women’s sport is stronger than ever here and only on the rise. Doha 2030 would provide the perfect platform help inspire the next generation of young boys and girls across Asia.”
Doha 2030 is guaranteeing the ultimate athlete-experience. Every aspect of the masterplan has been developed with athletes in mind, drawing on Doha’s extensive existing state-of-the-art infrastructure and experience in delivering world-class events. Doha’s sophisticated transport network will ensure average travel times for athletes of 20-30 minutes and the Athletes’ Village in Qatar’s first ever sustainable city will meet every need of Asia’s stars. Away from sport, the vibrant and inclusive city will provide the perfect getaway for athletes, offering beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants and diverse cultural attractions.
The Doha 2030 Bid Committee today announced its new Youth Working Group, which will ensure that Asia’s future sports stars, ambassadors and fans are at the very heart of Doha’s plans for a welcoming and inclusive Asian Games.
The Working Group comprises some of Qatar’s brightest young people, from youth Olympians to Youth Olympic Games (YOG) ambassadors. Members include Qatar’s gold medallists in athletics from the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG, Owab Barro (110m hurdles) and Abdulaziz Mohammed (200m) as well as the Young Ambassador from Buenos Aires 2018 YOG Nada Arkaji, and the Nanjing 2014 YOG, Hannah Albadr. Former Junior Weightlifting World Champion and Rio 2016 Olympian, Fares Ibrahim, is also among the members. The full composition of the Working Group can be found below.
The Working Group will lead on the further development of the Doha 2030 Youth Camp – an important element of the bid’s Project Legacy 21 programme. The Youth Camp will begin ahead of the Games and be open to young people, male and female, from each of the Asian NOCs. The camp is intended to promote and improve unity and cooperation among the Asian countries. The Working Group will advise on the skills development programmes across culture, sport and education that will be featured in the Youth Camp.
The Working Group will also help to define the role that the young participants would undertake in the Doha 2030 Athletes’ Village following the conclusion of the Youth Camp. It is planned that each participant will be trained to understand the needs of elite athletes and work in the Athletes’ Village to provide a home-away-from-home feel for their participating nation’s team members.
Doha 2030 CEO HE Jassim Rashid Al-Buenain said:
“Doha 2030 is delighted to have such a diverse, enthusiastic and talented group of young people supporting our bid. The Youth Working Group has a critical role to play in ensuring that Doha 2030 truly represents Asia’s young people. In 2030 these young people will be Asia’s sports stars, volunteers, ambassadors, spectators and fans, and so it is vital that we deliver a forward-thinking Games that meets the needs and priorities of this modern and innovative generation.
“We will work with the Youth Working Group to further develop our plans for the Doha 2030 Youth Camp. The Youth Camp will be an important legacy project of Doha 2030 and will contribute to ensuring the Games promotes unity and inclusivity across Asia.”
Each participant in the Youth Camp will gain important life and career opportunities that can be taken home and harnessed in their own communities – providing an enduring Asia-wide legacy from Doha 2030.
The full composition of the Working Group is:
Doha 2030 today hosted regional virtual workshops for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in which they sought to demonstrate how Doha 2030 will belong to all of Asia in a celebration of excellence and diversity.
The workshops have been developed to maximise the opportunity for two-way discussions with NOCs who are encouraged to provide feedback and input. Taking into account time difference and language, NOCs were grouped into three workshops according to the following OCA zones:
The workshops were facilitated by Doha 2030 Chairman His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani. During the workshop, the team provided a summary of Doha 2030’s sustainable, world-class Games plan, which guarantees NOCs and their athletes certainty of the very best conditions and a welcoming, inclusive environment.
The bid also promises to use the legacy of the Doha 2006 Asian Games to give back to Asia with a number of immediate legacy projects, which only Doha can legitimately provide. The Doha 2030 team explained during the workshops how these legacy programmes will begin from the first quarter of 2021 and run through to 2030, allowing NOCs to overcome existing challenges and build their best teams for the Games.
Doha 2030 Chairman HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani said:
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet with our Asian NOC colleagues and friends and have a two-way conversation about our bid. At Doha 2030 we are committed to incorporating the feedback of the NOC family into our plans, every step of the way. These workshops are just the latest example of that and are a chance to hear NOC feedback before our final presentation in Oman. If we have the honour of being awarded the Asian Games this process of collaboration will of course continue through and beyond 2030.
“As we have always made clear, our ambition is for Doha 2030 to unite Asian NOCs and celebrate our continent’s wonderful diversity. We are stronger when we are together and when we support and respect each other. In Doha, we have a lot of experience we are ready to share but we also value and recognize all that we can learn from our brothers and sisters in the OCA family. We will take all that on board so that we deliver a truly Asian, Asian Games, where every NOC benefits and where we all belong.”
Doha 2030 has celebrated two years until the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which will strengthen Doha’s hosting credentials and add to the existing world-class venues that are ready to welcome Asia for a celebration of sport and diversity in 2030.
The FIFA World Cup will enhance Doha’s experience in delivering the very best conditions for athletes, fans and all stakeholders at major international events. Doha 2030 is committed to guaranteeing a warm, inclusive and magical Asian Games in 2030.
Qatar 2022 will also reinforce Doha 2030’s capacity to guarantee certainty, excellence and sustainability, as the Bid Committee plans to use many of the state-of-the-art Qatar 2022 venues to host Asian Games competitions. The iconic Khalifa International stadium alongside Al Rayyan, Al Janoub, Al Bayt and Al Thumama are among the Qatar 2022 venues earmarked for the Asian Games that already built or in the final stages of completion.
Doha 2030 CEO HE Jassim Rashid Al-Buenain said:
“Today marks a major milestone for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, for Qatar and for the whole region. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be one of the most sophisticated and sustainable sports events ever held in Qatar. It will provide significant legacy benefits for Doha 2030 in terms of its state-of-the-art venues and also the expertise that will be gained in providing an exceptional environment for participants, in and out of competition.
“Doha 2030 is ready to share all of this with our Asian sports family and deliver an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are committed to ensuring that all of Asia will enjoy the warmest of welcomes in 2030 with traditional Qatari hospitality amidst sporting infrastructure fit for Asia’s sporting heroes. It will be a true celebration of our continent’s diversity and excellence, in a sporting home away from home, where we all belong.”
Doha 2030 will also leverage Qatar 2022’s impressive sustainability strategy in order to deliver one of the most environmentally friendly Asian Games ever held.
Today’s FIFA World Cup milestone coincides with the final day of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters, which took place at Al Gharafa Beach Games Area, another of the proposed Doha 2030 venues.
A total of 14 teams including four of the top five ranked teams in the world took part in the competition which saw XX come out on top. The tournament was subject to strict national health and safety measures and conformed to the Guidelines for the Return of Basketball, developed by the FIBA Medical Advisory Group.
The Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee today concluded its presentation to the OCA Evaluation Committee with a commitment to providing a Gateway to immediate legacy benefits for the Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs).
Doha 2030 explained that with all required permanent venues planned or in place, it has an unprecedented opportunity to redirect the time and investment most cities spend on building infrastructure, towards supporting Asian sports’ recovery from the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Harnessing the positive long-term impact of hosting the Asian Games in 2006, Doha 2030 has developed a detailed plan for a legitimate and sustainable legacy programme – Project Legacy 21 – that will assist Asia’s NOCs from next year, 2021, through to the Games in 2030 and beyond. The specifics of the programme have been deliberately kept confidential while the Bid Committee has finalised the details over the last couple of months. An announcement is expected within the coming weeks.
Doha 2030 President HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani said:
“Legacy has been firmly embedded in our bid as an absolute priority from the very beginning. From the onset, we have looked at how the benefits we have enjoyed from Doha 2006 can be translated, through Doha 2030, into long-term benefits for Asia.
“Our legacy plans are fully aligned with our nation’s social, economic and development goals. We are proposing a legacy built on reliability and certainty that only Qatar can legitimately offer, and that is more vital than ever in these times of global uncertainty. Sport is part of our Qatar’s national identity and we believe strongly in the powerful role it can play in driving social change and fostering peace and understanding. If we are awarded the honour of hosting the Asian Games we would ensure a legacy that is felt beyond Qatar. Doha 2030 will be a Gateway to a brighter future for Asian sport.”
Doha 2030 also reinforced how its infrastructure and major event delivery knowledge means it can provide the certainty that is fundamental to its ability to promise an enduring Asian legacy. This certainty was reflected in Doha 2030’s finance presentation which showcased a Games budget without financial risk due to the lack of capital investment required and the strength of Qatar’s economy.
Doha 2030 CEO HE Mr Jassim Rashid Al-Buenain added:
“On behalf of Doha 2030, I would like to thank the Evaluation Committee for their time with us. Our bid is a national priority; it has the full support of His Highness the Amir and the State of Qatar. As this visit has shown, our bid brings together all levels of sport and society in Qatar and I would like to thank all our partners for their ongoing support.
“But our bid is about more than just Qatar’s priorities. It is about how Doha 2030 can serve the priorities of the Asian NOCs. Thanks to the gift of the 2006 Asian Games, Doha is uniquely positioned to give back to the OCA family. We are ready to doing that by delivering a Gateway to certainty, a Gateway to a magical Games experience. And a Gateway to legacy now.”
In addition, Doha 2030 presented on themes including marketing, Games Programme, ceremonies and media and broadcast before the Evaluation Committee was taken on a tour of international broadcaster beIN. Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO of beIN MEDIA GROUP said: “We were delighted to welcome the distinguished delegation from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) today in support of Doha’s world-class Asian Games 2030 bid. We showcased the world-leading broadcasting facilities, technology, talent and reach that beIN has across the entire 24-country MENA region – which is second to none. And we celebrated beIN’s long-standing and proud partnership with the Asian Games – which has already spanned from 2005 to 2026, and we hope for many years beyond. As Asian sport continues to lead by example and inspire the next generation on the world stage, there can be no greater partner than Doha – supported by all the sports institutions of Qatar – on this amazing journey.”
The Evaluation Commission visit concluded with a press conference for Qatari and international media that was streamed live. Evaluation Committee Chair Mr Kryukov and Evaluation Committee member Vinod Kumar Tiwari attended on behalf of the OCA.
The Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee today showcased to the OCA Evaluation Committee how Doha is uniquely positioned to deliver certainty, sustainability and excellence for the whole of Asia, at a time when it is needed most.
On their second day in Doha, the Evaluation Committee, was taken on a tour of the city’s extensive, existing state-of-the-art infrastructure and presented with the Bid Committee’s plan’s to deliver a seamless, athlete-focused Games plan, with sustainability at its core.
The expert delegation saw first-hand how Doha’s tried and tested sports venues and medical facilities, which have catered for the world’s best athletes in the world’s biggest events, are ready to provide the ultimate Games experience in 2030. The tour began at Al Bidda tower, home of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The delegation was presented with the Committee’s impressive sustainability strategy and commitment to delivering a carbon-neutral event, which will be leveraged by Doha 2030 to contribute to one of the most environmentally friendly Asian Games ever held.
The Evaluation Committee was then taken to the Aspire Dome before moving onto the world-leading Aspetar sports medicine hospital, the FIFIA World Cup Al Bayt Stadium and the Lusail Arena, just some of the existing world class venues that feature in the Doha 2030 Games plan. Presidents of the National Federations of gymnastics, athletics and table tennis, and the President of the Women’s Sport Committee joined the tour, meeting with promising young athletes, in a demonstration of the bid’s full support from all levels of the Qatar sports community. Among the athletes was Abdulla Al-Tamimi, who said, “I joined Aspire Academy as a junior in 2006, the year Doha last hosted the Asian Games. Thanks to the excellent coaching and state-of-the-art facilities I was able to work my way to become one of the top ranked squash players in the world.”
Doha 2030 CEO and QOC Secretary General His Excellency Jassim Bin Rashid Al Buenain outlined the importance of certainty and sustainability in the current climate:
“This year has been defined by uncertainty, which is why the sports movement needs certainty now more than ever. Doha 2030 can do more than just offer certainty, we can say with absolute confidence that we will deliver the excellence that OCA and Asia’s NOCs deserve, in a sustainable and responsible manner. We can say this because all of our proposed permanent venues already exist, and the majority of these world-class facilities have already successfully hosted many international or continental events. With this experience also comes knowledge in delivering the all-important Games-services that are critical to successfully staging major events. Our certainty of excellence, will allow us to focus our attention on minimising our impact on the environment and contributing to a stronger future for Asia before and after 2030.”
The Evaluation Committee today experienced the city’s ultra-modern Metro, which is part of Doha’s sophisticated transport network, promising average travel times at the Games of 20 to 30 minutes. The delegation was also given an insight into Doha’s wealth of history, culture and entertainment, which will ensure the Games is a celebration of Asia’s diversity and provide the perfect setting for the whole OCA family to relax and enjoy themselves.
Nada Mohammed Wafa, one of Qatar’s first female Olympians who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016, presented to the Evaluation Committee how athletes have been placed at the forefront of Doha 2030’s plans. Alongside world-class sports venues, Nada explained that the Athletes’ Village would be located in Lusail City, Qatar’s first and largest sustainable city, providing accessibility and unprecedented services.
“Doha 2030 is committed to ensuring our venues provide athletes with everything they need so they can compete at their best and inspire the next generation. We can already guarantee athletes and all participants – OCA Family, officials, media and spectators – an event experience like no other, because we have a proven track record in successfully staging major sports events. All permanent venues for the Games are in place and we have developed a Games plan that is compact, sustainable and puts athletes at its heart. This year, athletes have experienced disruption like never before, so it is vital that we offer them certainty of excellence, allowing them to focus on achieving their dreams.”
The Doha 2030 Asian Games Bid Committee today presented to the OCA Evaluation Committee how it plans to deliver a celebration of sustainable progress, sport for life and peaceful diversity, reflecting the resilience, strength and ambition of Asia, the OCA and Qatar.
On a full opening day of the Evaluation Committee visit, Doha 2030 combined detailed presentations with interactive visits of the city’s world-class venues to explain why it is bidding and how it can guarantee a Gateway to a Magical Asian Games.
Doha 2030 Chairman His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani welcomed the Evaluation Committee to Doha and said:
“It is an honour to welcome the OCA Evaluation Committee to Doha. As people of sport, my team cannot wait to explain our plans about the certainty and lack of risk that we are uniquely able to offer the OCA and the best athletes in Asia in 2030. Just as importantly, is why this certainty is critical for Asia. What it will mean. And how it will free Doha 2030 up to deliver legacy benefits for the whole of our continent like we have never seen before. If we are awarded the great honour of hosting the Asian Games, I can assure you that we will deliver a magical Games.”
The delegation was then taken to Qatar Foundation, home to some of the world’s leading educational institutes and a regional hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and fostering social development. Qatar Foundation will play a central role in ensuring that Doha 2030 nurtures a vibrant and dynamic environment that strengthens community and cultural bonds, and celebrates Asia’s cultural diversity.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF) met with the delegation at the QF Headquarters, where they discussed the important role Education City plays in the country’s preparedness to host the 2030 Asian Games.
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind said: “Doha is undoubtedly a city that is ready to host the Games, housing world-class venues and infrastructure. The Games in Doha will celebrate sports and inspire a new generation of athletes, not only in Doha, but in the region and beyond.
“It is a pleasure to welcome the OCA Evaluation Committee to Education City. At Qatar Foundation, we strive to promote the values of participating in sport—sportsmanship, respect, commitment and fairness and active life. We do this because we believe that creating opportunities for people to enhance their health and wellbeing – and to come together as a community – is vital to nurturing a strong, vibrant, and active society.”
The Evaluation Committee was then taken on a short journey to the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Indoor Arena, which is part of the Qatar Foundation Sports Complex and would host the equestrian events in 2030. At the venue, the Evaluation Committee received presentations on Doha 2030’s vision, mission and compact, athlete-centred Games concept, as well as presentations on Qatar’s vast sport experience, its cultural diversity and how the Games will deliver legacy benefits before and after 2030.
Doha 2030 CEO H.E Jassim Bin Rashid Al Buenain said:
“We want to reimagine how the Games can be hosted. Instead of focusing on construction timelines, we would focus together on the future of sport in Qatar and in Asia. We want to address what is most important: delivering a legacy for Asian sport that is measured not in new venues but in better lives. And as the pandemic clears, we all know there will be many lives that could be helped by the benefits of sport. It would be our great honour to start the real work of improving those lives though sport with you, so that 2030 becomes a Gateway to a true celebration of our success in delivering a better Asia.”
The day concluded with a tour of the National Command Centre (NCC) and Dhuail Indoor Arena, where the Team Qatar handball team were training.
The Qatar Olympic Committee today celebrated the one year anniversary of the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, which saw Doha welcome over 1,200 athletes from 97 NOCs for the first ever global festival of beach, water and action sports.
Qatar planned and delivered the Games in just four months after stepping in following the withdrawal of San Diego as the host city. The Games also followed immediately after Doha had hosted the IAAF World Athletics Championships increasing the operational and logistical challenges. However, due to the support of the State of Qatar, the strong relationship with ANOC and the strength of Qatar’s extensive major event hosting experience and expertise, the QOC was able to deliver a successful event.
The Games showcased 13 fresh and dynamic sports, selected based on their appeal with young people around the world. With a combination of Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines, Qatar 2019 provided an opportunity for the QOC, and all participating NOCs, to connect with new athletes and fans. The QOC was able to draw on its strong relationships with many International Federations (IFs) to ensure each competition was delivered to the highest standards.
Sustainability was at the heart of Qatar 2019 and QOC maximised the use of existing and temporary venues to minimise the Games’ impact on the environment. Only two new permanent venues were built, a bouldering wall and skateboard park, which were built for legacy purposes given both sports will feature on the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
QOC Secretary General HE Jassim Rashid Al-Buenain said:
“It is with very fond memories that we look back and celebrate the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019. Qatar has been fortunate to host many world-class events but the ANOC World Beach Games, as the first global beach multi-sport event, was unique.
“We were very proud we were able to plan and deliver the Games in just four months, particularly given we hosted the IAAF World Athletics Championships just before. It has left a great legacy, connecting us with new talented athletes and helping to inspire people in Qatar to try new sports and disciplines. It is these legacy benefits both for Qatar and the region, and the powerful role sport plays in social development that is the driving force behind our desire to host these major international events.”
Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 and the Doha 2023 FINA World Championships the following year. Doha is also currently bidding to host the 2030 Asian Games.