Al Shaqab is gearing up for a feast of breathtaking equestrian sport, with two world-class international events taking place on consecutive weekends at the iconic Longines Arena. Al Shaqab is a member of Qatar Foundation

The first, from 25 to 27 February is Al Shaqab’s signature equestrian event – Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines 2021. The premier international equestrian competition, which is organised and hosted by Al Shaqab for the eighth time since it was created in 2013, has evolved to become one of the highlights of the global equestrian calendar.

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The prestige associated with CHI Al SHAQAB, and its exemplary organisation, has also attracted the finest local and global sponsors and partners: Daam is named Supporter of the event this year; Commercial Bank is the Title Sponsor; Longines is the Presenting Partner, and ExxonMobil is the Main Sponsor.

Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines 2021 will be followed by the first competition of the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), from 4 to 6 March, also at the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. The world’s leading five-star showjumping competition, which will take horses, riders and spectators to 15 major cities worldwide, kicks off the new LGCT season in Doha.

Equestrian fans will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s thrilling competitions, which saw Germany’s Daniel Deusser ride Killer Queen to a magnificent double victory, winning the Grand Prix at both Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines and the LGCT first leg.

Health and safety protocols in place

In line with the health and safety guidelines mandated by the Ministry of Public Health to curb the spread of COVID-19, the venue will be restricted to only 10 per cent of its capacity. Tickets can be purchased at the venue on event days and as a precautionary measure, there will be no Festival Area this year.

According to Al Shaqab Executive Director Khalifa Al Attiya, they are proud and delighted that CHI AL SHAQAB and LGCT will once again take place in Qatar, as the popular equestrian events showcase Al Shaqab as a premier competition venue bar none. The events also bear testament to Qatar’s position as an international sports destination despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that ultimately, the health and safety of spectators and participants remain Al Shaqab’s highest priority, and MoPH COVID-19 precautionary measures will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of riders, equestrian fans, and everyone involved in the events.

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