POSTED: October 2nd 2011
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SPORTS TRAVEL: Doha offers a rich cultural tapestry for the 2020 Games bid

Doha is changing the face of the city by bringing in a number of high level sports events / Qatar Tourism Authority
Doha is changing the face of the city by bringing in a number of high level sports events / Qatar Tourism Authority

The Katara Cultural Village is a new vibrant focual point in the city / Katara Cultural Village
The Katara Cultural Village is a new vibrant focual point in the city / Katara Cultural Village

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TAMPA: SportsFeatures.com looks around the world to compare the six 2020 summer Olympics bid cities from a travel point of view and today we focus on Doha, Qatar.

A presumed upstart in a bid featuring some of the most famed cities in the world, Doha is confident it can hold its own, despite rising temperatures that hang over the entire region during the summer months.

Doha’s bid proposes moving the games into September and October, rather than July and August, and placing many events in the early morning or evening to ensure the health of the athletes.

Despite this change of program, Doha has skyscrapers and businesses springing up increasingly quickly and is already making its mark as a world player and capable host for major sporting events.

The Katara Cultural Village was recently opened in Doha and features an amphitheater, drama theater, opera house, multi-purpose hall,  media center, cultural and art societies. The center would be able to stage a wonderful cultural Olympiad should Doha become home for the 2020 Games.

The city hosted the 2006 Asian Games, Asia’s Olympic-style tournament, and important matches in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, and Doha is already slated to play the primary role in hosting the 2022 World Cup.

It has a large number of stadiums already built, including the largest underground stadium in the world, and it has promised state of the art air-conditioned stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.


Keywords · Doha 2020 · 2020 Games · Olympic bidding · Katara Cultural Village


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