Corporations around the world can now sign up for World Coporate Games 2019, to be held for the first time in the Middle East, according to officials of Sport for Life, organisers of the games, and the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

World Corporate Games Press Conference
World Corporate Games press conference in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Visit Qatar/QTA)

The 23rd edition of World Coporate Games will bring together local and international business sporting communities. eSports and Mindsports will also be incorporated for the first time.

Taking place between 6 to 9 November 2019, the Doha edition of World Corportate Games is expected to attract around 8,000 international and local participants, making it one of the largest participation sporting events in Qatar’s history. The event will feature individual and team competitions, open equally to men and women of all ages and abilities, with team events for skilled, semi-skilled or novice participants. It will be an all-inclusive event with para games integrated for various categories as well.

The World Corporate Games in Doha will include 24 different sports ranging from dragon boat racing and ten-pin bowling, to football and basketball, to golf, tennis and running marathons.

Various Competitions, Different Venues

The various competitions will be hosted at eight different venues across Doha.

Qatar Foundation is set to host badminton, chess, netball, running, volleyball, and golf, as well as a triathlon. Aspire Zone Foundation will play host to basketball, field hockey, rugby 7, soccer, squash, and table tennis. Other official venues include the Doha Golf Club, Katara Cultural Village, Losail International Circuit, Qatar Bowling Centre, and Virtuocity at Doha Festival City, which will host the eSports games.

According to Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, the hosting of mass participation events such as the World Coporate Games 2019, supports their goal for a vibrant sports and recreation tourism sub-sector in Qatar.

Sport has a unique power to bring people together and we look forward to having this event amplify our country’s message of welcoming the world. QTA is working closely with the hospitality sector to ensure that they can maximise this global event, by providing customised packages that facilitate both accommodation and corporate meetings.’

Dr Maureen Johnston, Founder of World Corporate Games, said that Qatar will make an outstanding venue for the games because of its facilities, the ambience of the city and the magnificence of the infrastructure matched with the legendary hospitality of its residents.

Saud Al Dulaimi who represented the Ministry of Culture and Sports during the announcement, said the tournament is a significant addition to the calendar of international sports events hosted in Qatar.

Qatar hosts close to 80 sporting events and world-class competitions across a multitude of sporting disciplines annually. It is the first Middle Eastern country to earn the rights to host the World Championships in Athletics (2019), the FIFA World Cup (2022) and the FINA World Swimming Championships (2023). World Corporate Games is held every one to two years. Its last edition was held in Houston, Texas in 2017.

Organisations wishing to express their interest to participate can send their enquiries to [email protected].