Qatar Qatar is a nation passionate about sport. His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar, a member of the International Olympic Committee, understands the importance of sport in building a healthy and cohesive society. This is why it is a fundamental part of the National Vision 2030 and provides the catalyst for every area of our development. Qatar has emerged into a true global sports hub in recent years due to its state-of-the-art facilities, its successful hosting of a multitude of world-class sporting events and its central location perfectly bridging East and West.

Located at the heart of the Arabian Gulf, the State of Qatar is a peninsula with its only land border existing at the southern end where Qatar meets Saudi Arabia. Surrounded by water on three sides, Qatar’s passion for swimming and water-themed heritage is unsurprising. The entire country is approximately 240km from north to south, and less than 160km wide. Qatar is an independent sovereign Arab State and is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.), the Arab League and the United Nations.

Doha is the capital of Qatar and also the capital of sport. Sport has been at the heart of Doha’s development into the vibrant, cosmopolitan city that it is today.

 

Doha has successfully staged the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2014 as well as FINA Diving World Series 2009 and in 2017 the FINA Marathon Swim World Series (10km).