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The Grand Prix of Qatar is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular events on the MotoGP™ calendar. The action here takes place at night under the floodlights of the brilliant Losail International Circuit, which sits around 30km outside Doha - the exciting and evolving capital city of Qatar.

Located in the Qatari desert, the Losail circuit held its first event at the venue with the October 2004 Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In 2008 Qatar celebrated the first floodlit Grand Prix in the history of the MotoGP™ World Championship and since 2007 Qatar has also hosted the season opening race on the GP calendar.

Full name: Losail International Circuit, Qatar
Capital: Doha
Time zone: GMT +3
Currency: Qatari riyal (sign: QR, code: QAR)
Electric plug type: G

Important telephone numbers:
Emergency services: 999
Directory Enquiries: 180
Doha Hamad International Airport: +974 4010 6666
Tourist Centre: +974 4406 9921

Tourist board:
Local transport:
Language: Arabic

Located in Western Asia, Qatar sits in the Persian Gulf - a small peninsula, with its sole land border of Saudi Arabia to the south. Across the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Peninsula, is the nearby island country Bahrain. In this most exotic and intriguing part of the world, Qatar also shares maritime borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.

For anyone who has not visited the Arabian Peninsula, the ancient desert landscape with its rapidly developing cities and infrastructure, is a wonder to behold.

Doha, Qatar’s breathtaking capital city is situated in the east of the country on the Persian Gulf coast. Qatar has a population of around 1.5 million, with roughly half the inhabitants residing in the capital, or its surrounding suburbs. Doha was recognized in 2014 as one of the ‘New7Wonders Cities’ together with Vigan, La Paz, Durban, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur. Its impressively expanding skyline, dominated by glittering skyscrapers, contrasting with the traditional Arabic Old Souq in the downtown area, has promoted the city as a top representation of global urban civilization. Previously under Bahraini and Saudi rule (1783–1868), Ottoman rule (1871–1915) and more recently British rule (1916–1971), Qatar became an independent, sovereign State in the early 1970s and has since undergone an immense transformation.

Backed by the world's third largest natural gas and oil reserves, with the highest per capita income in the world, the population has grown from around 111,000 in 1970 to around 750,000 in 2004, on to an incredible 2,545,000 in 2016, as the country invests heavily in infrastructure and the future of its economy.

Without doubt Qatar is a country on the up. Witnessing the speed of its transformation first hand is an exhilarating experience.

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event - the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar on the 2nd October 2004.

The track itself is a flowing layout of 5.4 kilometres, surrounded by artificial grass designed to prevent sand from the neighbouring desert from blowing onto the circuit. The main straight is over a kilometre in length and there is a good mix of medium and high-speed corners, including a couple of quick left-handers which has proved particularly popular with the riders.

In 2008 Qatar celebrated the first night time Grand Prix in history, following the construction of permanent outdoor lighting. The switch to night time racing was a success and has continued to be so, with the Qatar event now established as one of the most spectacular on the MotoGP calendar.
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MotoGP : QatarGP MotoGP : QatarGP Reviewed by SKKRISHH on February 10, 2018 Rating: 5

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