LGCT Pre-Event Press Conference Talking Points – Omar Al Mannai


What is the importance for Qatar of the Longines Global Champions Tour global circuit staging its opening event here at Al Shaqab?


• This is the third year that Al Shaqab is hosting the LGCT season opener, having previously hosted the championship finale, and it is a wonderful and prestigious honor to have the world’s leading five-star showjumping competition in Doha again.


• Events such as the Longines Global Champions Tour and Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines, held back to back at Al Shaqab, support Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and play a key role in promoting Qatar’s development in the area of equestrian sports. It also reflects a commitment from Qatar at a national level to support equestrian sports.


• These events bear testament to Qatar’s position as an international sports destination, and showcases Al Shaqab as a premier competition venue bar none.


• International equestrian champions love competing at Al Shaqab’s world-class facilities, and are always keen to return for our events.


• The achievement of hosting LGCT is especially noteworthy during a pandemic such as COVID-19, which has affected sporting events around the entire world.


• We also have the news that the FEI has canceled events in Europe due to the EHV-1 outbreak there. So we are very fortunate to be able to go ahead with our events in Qatar at this time.


• With guidance and instruction from the Ministry of Public Health, Al Shaqab has worked with the LGCT team to ensure that all necessary COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place, and will be strictly enforced.


• In line with the MoPH COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the venue capacity will be restricted to 10 percent.


• Tickets can be purchased at the venue on events days.


• As a further precautionary measure, there will not be a Festival Area this year.


• Ultimately, the health and safety of participants, spectators, and all involved with the event remains Al Shaqab’s highest priority.


The best riders and horses in the world are here and this must be a great inspiration for the young riders in Qatar and at Al Shaqaband the important work to develop new talent?


• Premier global equestrian events such as LGCT and Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longinesdefinitely serve as inspiration for young riders in Qatar, who get the chance to see world-class talent in action.


• This is why Tour 10 of the Qatar Equestrian Tour – Longines Hathab Supported By The Social & Sport Fund (Daam) took place during CHI AL SHAQAB, and Tour 11 during LGCT.


• The Tour, now into its fourth season and growing in stature and popularity, is targeted at producing the next generation of Qatar’s champion riders.


• Thanks to the positive effects of events such as Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines and LGCT, we are seeing an increase in the number of riders in Qatar.


• We are seeing young riders buying horses, increasing horse ownership


• We have a lot of interest in our events and organizational capabilities from neighboring countries.


• We have much to look forward to in terms of Qatar’s continued growth and development in the equestrian world, and hosting the spectacular LGCT this weekend will definitely help in this regard.

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