Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), will organise and host the 8th edition of Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab Presented by Longines, a premier event on the world’s equestrian calendar.
Al Shaqab’s signature equestrian competition, which provides an exhilarating mix of top-class equestrian sport and fun-filled family entertainment, will take place from February 25-27, 2021, at the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. The three-day event will once again bring the world’s best riders and horses to Qatar to compete in the Olympic disciplines of Showjumping, Dressage, and Para Dressage.
Created in 2013, CHI Al Shaqab is one of five CHI competitions worldwide, and the first and only equestrian event of its kind in the Middle East and Asia region. Commercial Bank is the Title Sponsor of the event, while Longines is the Presenting Partner and ExxonMobil is the Main Sponsor.
Besides ensuring an action-packed competition, CHI Al Shaqab also offers a range of entertaining and educational activities for adults and children in its spectacular Festival Area. CHI Al Shaqab will be one of two prestigious international back-to-back equestrian events taking place at Al Shaqab, and will be followed a week later by the season opener of the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour.
Khalifa al-Attiya, Vice Chairman, Supreme Organising Committee Commercial Bank CHI Al Shaqab Presented by Longines, and Executive Director, Al Shaqab, said: “CHI Al Shaqab supports Qatar’s National Vision 2030, and Al Shaqab’s organisation of such a key international event bears testament to Qatar’s position as a global sporting destination. CHI Al Shaqab will showcase Al Shaqab’s standing as an equestrian centre of excellence with world-class facilities, while the entertainment on offer will help provide a memorable experience for all spectators.
“Al Shaqab is proud that CHI Al Shaqab has become a landmark 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.”
Joseph Abraham, Group Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Bank, said: “We are pleased to be the Title Sponsor for the second year for this premier event on the world’s equestrian calendar. Commercial Bank is committed to supporting Qatar’s vision to be an international sporting hub and we recognise the importance of sports in Qatar’s economic and social development.”
In view of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Public Health’s precautionary measures will be strictly enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of participants, equestrian fans, and all who are involved with the event.
Ticketing information, including details about exclusive VIP offerings, will be made available soon on the Al Shaqab website (www.alshaqab.com) and social media channels.
Since its establishment in 1992, Al Shaqab’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading global centre 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.
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