Qatar Gears Up to Host Two MotoGP Races With Dazzling Display


Doha, Qatar: With just over one month until Qatar kicks-off the 2021 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship season, a daring rider performed for the cameras outside the country’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art to mark the occasion.

The Qatari rider, Mashel Al-Naimi, and Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) put on the display to raise awareness of the forthcoming races at the world-famous Losail International Circuit.

Running from 26 March to 4 April, the fixture is one of the most spectacular events on the motoracing calendar, with the world’s best motorcycling talent taking to the floodlit track for unique night-time races. This year’s event will be live on TV but have no spectators present due to COVID-19.

Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council and Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “The Grand Prix of Qatar and Doha MotoGP are key events in our sporting calendar and fans have flocked to Doha for the thrilling night races since 2004. We are thrilled to be hosting the events again this year.

“Welcoming exceptional talent and visitors to prominent global sporting events helps cement Qatar as a major tourism destination. We look forward to opening our borders later this year to showcase our incredible sporting facilities and offer our renowned hospitality to international visitors.”

The MotoGP is just one of the exciting sporting events taking place in Qatar this year, as the country looks to position itself as a key sports tourism destination ahead of hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Other key sporting events include FIFA Arab Cup™, Qatar Total Open, Qatar ExxonMobil Open and the international golf tournament, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2021.

In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, QNTC has continued to invest in improving the country’s appeal to a range of travellers, including sports fans. With the ambition to provide only the best hospitality and comfort to sportspeople and spectators during their time in the country, QNTC is currently overseeing a number of large-scale projects and developments, including bolstering the quantity of hotel rooms available within the country.

One development is Qetaifan Island North, a project that combines sustainable development with sports-focused activities. The resort, which is a short drive from the Losail International Circuit, features a hotel and residential complex, an extensive shopping plaza and a state-of-the-art waterpark, which will be home to the world’s highest waterslide of its kind.

About Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC):

Qatar National Tourism Council’s mission is to firmly establish Qatar as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity, and where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.

QNTC’s work is guided by the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase visitor spending.

Since launching QNTSS, Qatar has welcomed over 14 million visitors. The economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible with the government designating tourism in 2017 a priority sector in pursuit of a more diverse economy and more active private sector.