The magnificent AL SHAQAB Equestrian Centre in Doha, Qatar will once again provide the perfect backdrop for the GCL finale this November. Founded by His Highness the Father Emir, this spectacular, renowned venue will see the best team combinations in the world pull out all the stops to win the overall title for 2018, and settle their place in the prestigious GCL Rankings to qualify for the GCL Playoffs in Prague.
The electrifying climax to the season at AL SHAQAB, a world-class equestrian facility and part of the Qatar Foundation, will take place from the 8th - 10th November, with all eyes on the grand finale in what promises to be another electric season of top team sport. AL SHAQAB was established as part of HH The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani's vision and passion to preserve and perpetuate the Arabian horse in Qatar. It has since developed into a major international equestrian facility encompassing multiple equine disciplines.
Qatar has continued to build on its reputation as a global sports destination and a hub for major international sporting occasions. Leading events like the final of the Longines Global Champions Tour and now GCL have been part of this evolution and Qatari national riders, including Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani and Bassem Hassan Mohammed - both of whom competed with the Rio Olympic Qatari Show jumping team and were members of the all-Qatari Doha Fursan Qatar team - are increasingly prominent on the international show jumping stage.
AL SHAQAB will be the impressive 16th stage of the 2018 Championship - a fitting finale for this top quality, cutting-edge venue. Last year the Diamonds beat arch rivals United to the title... But who can predict who will be joining them this year?