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Sports in Qatar

Qatar is a passionate sporting nation, ranging from one of the oldest sports known to man (falconry) to international spectacles like the FIFA World Cup, Asian Games and Formula One.

Sports in Qatar | The Ultimate Guide
Sports in Qatar | The Ultimate Guide

You’ll witness a huge love of sports everywhere you go, from kite surfers in the bay and kids playing volleyball on the beach to thousands of fans cheering for their favourites at one of our world-class stadiums. Football, racing, golf, volleyball, tennis and more are celebrated at this leading destination for global sports tournaments.

Recent sports events in Qatar

Qatar has made huge investments in sports infrastructure and played host to exciting landmark tournaments – which you can revisit at our innovative 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.

2022

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™

Qatar became the first Middle Eastern country to host football's biggest sporting event.

2021

Qatar Grand Prix

The inaugural F1 racing event took place at the Lusail International Circuit.

2019

IAAF World Athletics Championships

1,772 athletes from 206 teams competed in 49 events over 10 days.  

2011

AFC Asian Cup

The association football competition determines the continental champion of Asia. Reigning champions, the Qatari national team, will defend their title in Doha in 2023.

2004

Qatar MotoGP

Lusail International Circuit hosted its first motorcycle grand prix. In 2008, the lights went on for the very first night race.

2001

WTA Qatar Open

The first Qatar TotalEnergies Open is hosted at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. The venue also plays host to the annual men’s annual Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

1993

ATP Qatar Open

The first ATP Qatar Open took place in 1993 in Doha, Qatar. The tournament was a major milestone for tennis in the Middle East. It is held annually at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex and is a highly anticipated one.

Highlights from Qatar’s biggest events 

Let’s look back at some of the most thrilling match moments, where the titans of sports showed off top performances at major sporting events.

Qatar’s love of modern and traditional sports

Discover a fascinating mix of old and new, where ancient traditions are cherished, and new favourites are sweeping the nation.

Feel more thrills

If you’re a sports lover looking for active breaks in Qatar, or love a dose of adventure on your visit, we have you covered. Imagine kayaking among the mangrove forests, paragliding from a sand dune or biking along mushroom-shaped rock formations. Here is our selection of fun sports activities to try.

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Upcoming sporting events in Qatar

Be first in line for adrenaline-pumping Qatar sports events that will have you on the edge of your seat.

ONE 166: Qatar
01 Mar
Sports
Lusail Sports Arena

ONE 166: Qatar

ONE Championship takes place for the first time in Qatar With "ONE 166: Qatar" Show! See the worlds greatest fighters in action as they electrify the Lusail Sports Arena.

MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar 2024
08 Mar To 10 Mar
Sports
Lusail International Circuit

MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar 2024

Feel the thrill at Qatar MotoGP as top riders compete under dazzling lights for victory at Lusail International Circuit!

Mangrove Kayaking Adventure
12 May To 31 Aug
Sports
Purple Island, Al Khor

Mangrove Kayaking Adventure

It's a favourite vacation spot for who enjoys kayaking and discovering different bird species.

Lusail Speed Fest 2024
29 Feb To 10 Mar
Sports
Lusail International Circuit

Lusail Speed Fest 2024

Get ready to watch two exhilarating motorsport events, Qatar 1812 km - 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and 2024 MotoGP™ Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar

Qatar 1812 KM – FIA World Endurance Championship 2024
29 Feb To 02 Mar
Sports
Lusail International Circuit

Qatar 1812 KM – FIA World Endurance Championship 2024

Don't miss out on the action! Get trackside for an unforgettable weekend of motorsport excellence.

Longines Global Champions Tour
29 Feb To 02 Mar
Sports
Al Shaqab

Longines Global Champions Tour

The spectacular Al Shaqab equestrian facility in Doha, is set to host the thrilling inaugural stage.

AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024™
15 Apr To 03 May
Sports
Multiple locations

AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024™

Doha will host the AFC U-23 Championship, which qualifies for the Paris Olympics, in April next year.

16th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup
19 Apr To 20 Apr
Sports
Aspire Ladies Sports Hall

16th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup

The 16th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup will gather the best gymnasts of the world for 2 days of competitions.

Sports in Qatar | The Ultimate Guide