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 and an ambitious bid for the Olympics submitted for 2016, 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.
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.