Doha, Qatar will once again host the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship finale and the Global Champions League finale at the prestigious state-of-the-art AL SHAQAB Equestrian Centre. Founded by His Highness the Father Emir, this magnificent, renowned venue will see the best showjumpers in the world pull out all the stops to win the overall title for 2016.
The electrifying climax to the season at AL SHAQAB, a world-class equestrian facility and part of the Qatar Foundation, will take place from the 3rd – 5th November. AL SHAQAB was established as part of HH The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s vision and passion to preserve and perpetuate the Arabian horse in Qatar. It has since developed into a major international equestrian facility encompassing multiple equine disciplines.
Qatar, a destination which joined the Tour in 2008, has continued to build on its reputation as a global sports destination and a hub for major international sporting occasions. Leading events like the final of the Longines Global Champions Tour have been part of this evolution and Qatari national riders, including Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani and Bassem Hassan Mohammed, are increasingly prominent on the international show jumping stage.
AL SHAQAB will be the impressive final stage of the 2016 Championship and Global Champions League – a fitting position for this top quality, cutting-edge venue. If the final this year is anything like 2015, when Portugal’s Luciana Diniz won the title following a nail-biting three-horse race between herself, Scott Brash and Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, the culmination of this revolutionary season is sure to be a tense affair that comes right down to the wire!