Following the renewal of this major partnership, which started in 2019, Longines will continue to be the Official Partner and Official Watch supporting Al Shaqab and its state-of-the-art equestrian facilities including the spectacular Longines Arena. In addition, the Swiss watch brand remains the Presenting Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB, as well as the Main Partner and Official Watch of the national show jumping and dressage tour, the Longines Hathab Qatar Equestrian Tour, which is organized together with the Qatar Equestrian Federation.
First organized by Al Shaqab in 2013, the CHI AL SHAQAB is the world-class equestrian center annual signature event in Doha, and the only competition of its kind in the Middle East. Together with the Longines Hathab Qatar Equestrian Tour, Al Shaqab remains the hub for Qatar’s premier local horse-riding competition series, with the aim of further developing equestrian sports in the region and shape the country’s next generation of equestrian champions.
Khalifa Al Attiya, Executive Director, Al Shaqab, said: “We are delighted to reaffirm our strong and enduring ties with Longines, a well-established and prominent global brand known for its support for equestrian sports. Longines maintains a balance between traditional techniques and modern technological innovations, and this philosophy genuinely reflects the values and aspirations of Al Shaqab. The extension of our agreement allows both parties to strengthen their long-term partnership, and the growing popularity of equestrian sport in Qatar only demonstrates the success of our collaboration.”
Longines Vice President Marketing, Matthieu Baumgartner, declared: “We are proud to extend this privileged partnership and to be closely associated with Al Shaqab, member of Qatar Foundation. We are looking forward to continuing this collaboration, by being the Presenting Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of CHI AL SHAQAB, as well as the Main Partner and Official Watch of the Longines Hathab – Qatar Equestrian Tour. This partnership reinforces Longines’ long-lasting dedication and commitment to the equestrian world, which dates back one century and half.”
About Al Shaqab
Since its establishment in 1992, Al Shaqab’s vision was to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading global center for equine professionals, while providing an engaging experience for the community. Global leadership has not only meant preserving, improving, and promoting the Arabian horse breed, but also encouraging the community in this unique, traditional cultural sport.
Today, Al Shaqab’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 square meters. With a state-of-the-art Main Arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5,000 spectators, Al Shaqab is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports event at the highest level.
Based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking company Longines wields expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships, and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has built strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sport over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries.