Commercial Bank and Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation, have entered into a three-year partnership that will see the largest private bank in Qatar become the title sponsor of the country’s premier equestrian competition – CHI AL SHAQAB. The partnership starts with the 7th edition of the event this year.
First created in 2013, CHI AL SHAQAB is the signature event of Al Shaqab and has evolved to become one of the highlights on the global equestrian calendar.
Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines, as the world-class event will now be known, takes place from 27 to 29 February at the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. The three-day event will see top-ranking local and international riders compete in the Olympic disciplines of showjumping, dressage, and para dressage.
CHI (Concours Hippique International – International Equestrian Competition) is the official title awarded by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) to international equestrian competitions with three or more equestrian disciplines.
Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines is one of only five CHI competitions worldwide and the first and only equestrian event of its kind in the Middle East and Asia region.
At a press conference held to announce the new partnership between Al Shaqab and Commercial Bank, Hussein Ali Al-Abdulla, EGM & Chief Marketing Officer, Commercial Bank, said: “I’m delighted and proud to announce that Commercial Bank will be the title sponsor of Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines. We’re looking forward to being a part of a truly exceptional world-class equestrian competition.
"It always attracts the best riders and horses, and provides thrilling performances and entertainment. Commercial Bank is proud to support and be associated with an event of such cultural and traditional significance in the State of Qatar, which promotes the country’s rich equestrian heritage.
“More importantly, Commercial Bank appreciates the importance of sports in the social and economic development of Qatar. On the occasion of National Sport Day, this sponsorship demonstrates our support of the country’s endeavor to promote a healthy lifestyle among the population.”
Omar Al Mannai, Commercial Manager, Al Shaqab, and Event Director, Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines, was similarly pleased about the new partnership between Al Shaqab and Commercial Bank.
“Al Shaqab is honored to welcome Commercial Bank on board as title sponsor of Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines, and we look forward to a very collaborative and rewarding partnership,” said Al Mannai.
“Entering into a partnership with Commercial Bank, who are renowned not only for their achievements in the banking and financial industry but also for their strong support of sport in Qatar, can only enhance the status of Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines in the global equestrian community.”
“The event underscores Al Shaqab’s standing as a center of equestrian excellence, while playing a key role in Qatar’s ongoing development in equestrian sports. It also supports Qatar’s National Vision 2030, and reaffirms the country’s ability to host and organize major sports events.”
Al Shaqab – A World-Class Facility
Since its establishment in 1992, Al Shaqab’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabianhorse heritage and be a leading global center for equine professionals, whileproviding an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not onlymeant preserving, improving, and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but alsoencouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, Al Shaqab’s impressive facilities, which are distinctivelydesigned in theshape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 square meters. With a state-of-the-art MainArena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5000spectators, Al Shaqab is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage thatshowcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.