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Qatar catapulted itself onto the world’s sporting stage when it hosted

the Asian Games in 2006. Now with the FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Doha in

2022, the country has

consolidated its reputation as a sporting venue superpower.


And no wonder. The Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sports City, is a

250-hectare sports complex built in 2003. In addition to the famous Aspire

Academy for Sports Excellence, the centre features sports venues built for the

2006 Asian Games including the 50,000-capacity Khalifa International Stadium,

an Olympic-sized pool and the Aspire Dome, the world’s largest indoor

multi-purpose sports hall with 13 playing fields, and Doha’s tallest structure,

the Aspire Tower.


Water sports

With its mild climate and warm Arabian waters, Qatar is a water-sports

paradise offering endless possibilities for waterskiing, scuba diving and

snorkelling. A few minutes’ drive from the hotel, there are professional

sailing clubs and fishing charters. Cruises around the bay in front of the

hotel are a Doha highlight.



Doha Golf Club, a short taxi drive from Mövenpick Hotel Doha, boasts a

18-hole, 7,374-yard, par 72 Championship Course as well as a nine-hole floodlit

Academy Course, Clubhouse with restaurants and a DGC Shop.


Racing & Equestrian Club

Horse racing is exceptionally popular in Qatar

and at the heart of the sport is the Racing & Equestrian Club, just a

20-minute drive from the hotel. Races take place from

May to September every Thursday and Saturday from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm.

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