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Discover beautiful Arabian horses at the prestigious Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre, Doha

The prestigious Al Shaqab equestrian centre is a major draw for visitors to Doha, and if you’re visiting the centre, why not stay at Fraser Suites Doha to add a touch of luxury to your trip?

Established in 1992 by the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Al Shaqab stands as an enduring tribute to the Arabian horse, and the tradition of equestrian excellence which has co-evolved with this breed in Qatar. The state-of-the-art Al Shaqab has a range of equine disciplines and programs to ensure that the cultural legacy and appreciation of the Arabian breed is lovingly handed down from generation to generation.

While in Doha put this amazing equestrian centre at the top of your list of things to see and do. Complement your time in the city by staying at the award-winning and TripAdvisor® accredited five-star Fraser Suites Doha, one of the closest hotels near to Al Shaqab horse centre. Our luxury serviced apartments in the heart of Doha’s bustling centre

Offering 138 luxury serviced apartments in Doha, guests at the award-winning 5-star Fraser Suites are constantly mesmerised by the stunning sea view or the spectacular city skyline that comes with these residences.  Complete with modern conveniences, sophisticated Italian interiors and state-of-the-art facilities, each of these exclusive serviced apartment residences are well-equipped for sophisticated living.

Dating back centuries, Qatar has been renowned for its prized Arabian horses. Part of daily life, the Arabian horse has played a part in the growth and development of the country over thousands of years.  The name of Al Shaqab is derived from a historic battle which took place against the Ottomans. The huge battle changed the history and geographical landscape as it changed the region dye to the Qataris defeating the Ottomans. Ultimately the success of the battle led to Qatar’s independence.

In honour of his ancestor, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, he chose to establish the breeding farm at the site of the Al Shaqab battle, and so the emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani established Al Shaqab in 1992. Today, the centre has a unique philosophy aiming to preserve the Arabian breed and to produce horses that are beautiful, athletic, and have character and kindness. The overall aim of such care and nurturing is to develop the horses to be physically strong to carry their riders.

Qatar’s unique horse facility and academy

The centre is proudly part of the Qatar Foundation, a non-profit organisation which endeavours to establish Qatar as a global leader in education, science and cultural development. Facilities at Al Shaqab include a riding academy, endurance training complex, and a centre for the breeding and showing of Arabian horses.

Spread out over 980,000 square metres and with a stable capacity for more than 400 horses, Al Shaqab also stands out for its dynamic architectural design, with a central horseshoe shape.

Amongst the features of the centre is a breeding and show centre, hydrotherapy and exercise machines, dressage stables, equestrian club, equine exercise centre, indoor arena and jumping stables.  The Riding Academy is a fully-serviced service with the infrastructure to teach all levels from beginner to national team level.

What’s on

In searching for activities at the centre,  the highlights of the calendar at Al Shaqab includes Chi Al Shaqab, where the best national and international horses and riders compete over four days in jumping, dressage, and para-dressage categories. These include a fun and exciting summer camp can develop your skills and technique as a horse rider. Horse riding is quickly growing as a national sport and interest, therefore comprehensive instruction and equine education are training future generations to be international competitors and enthusiasts.

How to get there

Fraser Suites Doha is less than a 30-minute drive from the Al Shaqab centre via Al Rayyan Rd, or you can request an Uber, which will get you there in a similar timeframe and cost between 33 and 43 Qatari Riyal.

Located in the centre of the Middle Eastern city of Doha, Fraser Suites is ideally located for your trip to Al Shaqah Horse Centre. Near all the cities amenities including Doha Port and popular attractions such as the Museum of Islamic Art which is a 12 minute walk away, Doha Golf Club, and Hamad International Airport.

Why stay at a hotel near Al Shaqab horse centre

Situated along the magnificent waterfront promenade of Doha Corniche, Fraser Suites Doha offers 138 fully furnished hotel apartments. Each room comes with stunning sea views or remarkable views of Doha’s spectacular skyline and is complete with modern conveniences, elegant interiors and state-of-the-art facilities.

If you’re in town visiting with the family, we recommend staying in one of our spacious family suites. The suite features three interconnected studio spaces with separate living, kitchen and bedroom space, as well as a host of other features and services, such as a comprehensive home entertainment system, and air conditioning to ensure that you stay cool during your time in Doha.

Our award-winning hotel near Al Shaqab horse centre, is frequently recognised by our customers for offering panoramic views over the Arabian Gulf, comprehensive business facilities, a restaurant, café and rooftop pool and spa – allowing you to unwind and relax no matter if you are visiting Doha on a corporate matter or for leisure purposes.

Make the most of your time in the Middle East and enjoy using Fraser Suites Doha as a base to explore the city and beyond. Make your next reservation now.

Image credit: Al Shaqab Horse Centre