Al Shaqab among main Qatar attractions visited by passengers of TUI cruise ship Mein Schiff 5
- Publication Date:
- 23/09/20 12:00 AM
Tours of Al Shaqab’s outstanding facilities are open to tourists and the local public
Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation, has firmly established itself as one of the main tourist attractions in Doha and continues to remain among the preferred spots for cruise ships calling on Doha Port. Passengers of TUI Mein Schiff 5, the first cruise ship to arrive in Qatar this cruise season, were delighted to have the state-of-the-art equestrian center listed among the sightseeing highlights offered in Qatar.
The cruise passengers, who hailed mainly from Europe, were in awe of the exceptional equestrian facilities at Al Shaqab and its magnificent equine occupants, many of which are prize-winning Arabian horses.
The tour included a visit to Al Shaqab’s state-of-the-art Equine Exercise Center, where horses enjoy working out in airconditioned training facilities. With treadmills, walkers, swimming pool and even a jacuzzi, the facility is among the best in the world. The horses at Al Shaqab go through their paces under the watchful eyes of trainers, who ensure the workout routine of each horse is tailored to its specific needs.
The passengers were also thrilled to tour the Emiri Stables, and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with pure Arabian horses up close and personalas they are allowed to to pet, stroke the horses and even take selfies with them.
Al Shaqab offers tourists and the local public the opportunity to tour its facilities, as part of its vision to promote Qatar’s equine legacy. The guided tour includes visits to premium facilities like the Breeding and Show stable, the Main Arena - the architectural centerpiece at the heart of Al Shaqab - and the Ottoman Stables, one the oldest stables in Qatar. Special tours such as Student Tours, Media Tours, and Public Tour are available. The tour packages for students also include stable management and pony rides to provide an experiential element in their visit..
Horse lovers are also welcome to walk or cycle around Al Shaqab on weekdays and weekends, to enjoy the unique ambiance.
Al Shaqab – A World-Class Facility
Since its establishment in 1992, Al Shaqab’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabian
horse heritage and be a leading global center for equine professionals, whileproviding an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not onlymeant preserving, improving, and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but alsoencouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, Al Shaqab’s impressive facilities, which are distinctivelydesigned in theshape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 square meters. With a state-of-the-art MainArena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5000spectators, Al Shaqab is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage thatshowcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.Back to News listing