Arab Games 2011
The 12th Pan Arab Games December 9-23, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.It is the first time the quadrennial multi-sport event is being held in a Persian Gulf state.Qatar was awarded rights to organize the games beating Lebanon in the bidding process. Arab Federation for Sports secretary general Othman al-Saad said that Qatar’s hosting of the Pan-Arab Games would give the event “more momentum and significance in light of the huge capabilities and world-class sports facilities which Qatar owns.
The following nations are scheduled to compete at the games:
– Saudi Arabia
– United Arab Emirates
The Venues Directorate’s role is to prepare all competition and non-competition venues for Arab Games Doha 2011.
Competition venues include local sports clubs, complexes, Aspire Zone venues, and temporary venues.
Non-competition venues include Doha International Airport, Athletes’ Village, hotels, games time media centre, international broadcast centre, uniform and accreditation centre, training centres, main logistics centre, and training fields.
Sports competitions will be hosted across 17 venues, many of which will be used for more than one competition simultaneously. Besides the airport and media hotels, a large number of local hotels and the Athletes’ Village will accommodate all athletes and team members.
The following 14 competition venues have been selected to host the various competitions of Arab Games Doha 2011. Many of the following selected venues were also utilised during the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, and are all set to host an international sporting event.
- Aspire Zone: Khalifa Stadium, Hamad Aquatic Centre, Aspire Dome, Indoor Hall
- Al-Gharafa Sports Club
- Al-Rayyan Sports Club
- Al-Sadd Sports Club
- Qatar Sports Club
- Losail International Circuit
- Doha Golf Club
- Doha Sailing Club
- Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
- Lusail Shooting Complex
- Mesaieed Endurance Course
- Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation
- Qatar Bowling Centre
- Qatar Equestrian Federation
Descriptions of major sports venues
Award winning facility with international standards. Not only does it represent the world’s largest indoor sports facility of its kind, allowing athletes to warm up and compete under the same roof, but also has a geographical advantage.
Aspire Dome is located in the heart of Aspire Zone, an international sporting destination which is home to ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Qatar Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Hospital, and world-class sports venues. At Aspire Zone, athletes can train just minutes away from the warm-up area and competition arena. In the past, Aspire Dome has hosted a string of successful sporting events, including the 3rd Asian Indoor Championships in Athletics in February 2008 and the World Indoor Championships in March 2010.
Al-Sadd Sports Club
The origins of this club lie in the sporting excellence of four student footballers, who formed it in 1969, when they refused to belong to alternate clubs and create their own exemplary institution. Al Sadd Sports Club includes 5 Sports fields, including 1 main football stadium of a capacity of 15,000 seats. The stadium, originally built in 1974, was rebuilt in 2004 for the Gulf Cup. The stadium has a unique atmosphere, and being close to the city centre, it attracts lots of fans.
Al-Rayyan Sports Club
Founded in 1967, Al-Rayyan Sports Club is has several local and regional titles to its name in all sports, including handball, table tennis, athletics, swimming, and volleyball. The club is also a GCC Basketball Championship winner. Boasting the largest fan base in Qatar, Al-Rayyan Sports Club has 7 sports grounds, including 1 main multi-purpose stadium – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium – with a capacity of 21,282. The existing 21,282 capacity football stadium will be expanded to 44,740 for World Cup capacity, and all fans will have a shaded vantage for the game.
Al Gharaffa Sport Club
Occupying almost 159,878 square meters, the club was founded in 1979 and is home to 6 sports grounds, including 1 main football field with a capacity of 25,000 seats which was built in 2003. The stadium is renowned for having hosted the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, as well as other international competitions.
Qatar Sports Club
The club was founded in 1961. The area of the club is almost 141,403 square meters. The club includes 4 Sports fields, including 1 main football field of a capacity of 20,000 seats, which is the fourth largest stadium in Qatar.
Qatar Equestrian Federation
This important monument was established in 2005 and finalised in the year 2006 to be one of the facilities of the 15th Asian Games, Doha 2006. It is situated in Al Rayan in the vicinity of other sport facilities in the country such as Aspire Zone and Khalifa International Stadium. · The Qatar Equestrian Federation avails of 279 stables, in addition to a set of other facilities such as a swimming pool for washing horses, a store for jockeys’ sport equipment as well as the Veterinary Clinic which is provided with latest specialized equipment for horses’ health care and a horse shoeing facility with modern tools and
equipment. · The building also features other tracks for competition, training and warm up:
• An official international sand track with stands for spectators
• An indoor hall comprising two 1200m long tracks
• Four other tracks including a grass track.
Qatar Sailing Club
The Club was founded in 2005 and hosted successful events such as the 12th Asian Championship.
It is the home venue of the ATP World Tour’s world championships, and also hosts Qatar ExxonMobil Open every year. The complex opened on December 16, 1992, and the first Qatar Open was held in January 1993. It contains 27 hard courts and a stadium court with a capacity of 6911 spectators. Khalifa Complex also hosted the tennis and squash competitions at the 2006 Asian Games
Lusail Shooting Range
Founded in 2006, Lusail Shooting Complex is a new state-of-the-art facility in the desert to the north of Doha. Built to Olympic standards, the complex includes indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, as well as archery practice and competition areas.
Some 1,500 spectators will be accommodated for the archery competition at the 12th Arab Games, while 600 can watch the action at the shooting range.
Non sport venues
Preparation of these venues like: Airport, Media centers and other accommodation venues are also the responsibility of Venues department. Most of these have been identified and agreed upon with the relevant parties.