Commercial Bank and Al Shaqab have entered into a three-year partnership that will see the largest private bank in Qatar become the title sponsor of the country’s premier equestrian competition – CHI AL SHAQAB. The partnership starts with the event’s 7th edition this year. Al Shaqab is a member of Qatar Foundation.
First created in 2013, CHI AL SHAQAB is the signature event of Al Shaqab and has evolved to become one of the highlights on the global equestrian calendar.
‘Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines’, as the event will now be known, will take place from 27 to 29 February at the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. The three-day event will see top-ranking local and international riders compete in the Olympic disciplines of showjumping, dressage and para dressage.
CHI (Concours Hippique International – International Equestrian Competition) is the official title awarded by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to international equestrian competitions with three or more equestrian disciplines.
Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines is one of only five CHI competitions worldwide and the first and only equestrian event of its kind in the Middle East and Asia region.
During a press conference held to announce the new partnership between Al Shaqab and Commercial Bank, Commercial Bank EGM and Chief Marketing Officer Hussein Ali Al Abdulla, said they are looking forward to being part of a truly exceptional world-class equestrian competition.
It always attracts the best riders and horses, and provides thrilling performances and entertainment. Commercial Bank is proud to support and be associated with an event of such cultural and traditional significance in Qatar, which promotes the country’s rich equestrian heritage.
He said that Commercial Bank appreciates the importance of sports in the social and economic development of Qatar. On the occasion of National Sport Day, he said that the sponsorship demonstrates their support of the country’s endeavour to promote a healthy lifestyle among the population.
Al Shaqab Commercial Manager Omar Al Mannai was similarly pleased about the new partnership between Al Shaqab and Commercial Bank. Al Mannai is the Event Director of Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines.
He said that Al Shaqab is honoured to welcome Commercial Bank on board and that they look forward to a very collaborative and rewarding partnership.
Entering into a partnership with Commercial Bank, who are renowned not only for their achievements in the banking and financial industry but also for their strong support of sport in Qatar, can only enhance the status of Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines in the global equestrian community.
The event, he added, underscores Al Shaqab’s standing as a centre of equestrian excellence, while playing a key role in Qatar’s ongoing development in equestrian sports. It also supports Qatar National Vision 2030, and reaffirms the country’s ability to host and organise major sports events.