By no means am I an expert on horses, but when I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Al Shaqab Equestrian Center in Qatar, I signed up knowing that I would see something special.
The Al Shaqab Equestrian Center was founded in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Father Amir of Qatar. Before Qatar was known for oil and gas, the region was mainly known for its prized Arabian horses. The name itself, Al Shaqab, is known as the battle when the Qataris defeated the Ottomans, leading to the independence of Qatar.
The center covers 980,000 square meters in a clever horseshoe design. The architecture is as beautiful as the Arabian horses that are bred there. It is definitely a world class equestrian center, holding everything imaginable needed, from air conditioned stables, a breeding center, hydrotherapy, a veterinary center, a riding academy and more. I definitely left the tour amazed and am curious to know if there is another equestrian center in the world that matches the standards of Al Shaqab.