Al Shaqab Equestrian Academy (MLP)

Doha, Qatar

A centre of excellence designed in the shape of a horseshoe for the performance exhibit, training and breeding of Arabian horses. It includes an international standard equestrian performance arena that hosts both indoor and outdoor show-jumping and dressage events as well as a warm-up arena plus other facilities including a state-of-the-art veterinary centre, equine physiotherapy centre, laboratory, a racing museum and dedicated stabling for 400 horses. It also includes a separate facility to accommodate the herd of the Emirs’ show horses and a breeding centre for the Emir’s horses.

The introduction of back-to-back stands was a unique design feature that saved both space and cost and resulted in an integrated arena complex.

Services included master planning, architectural design, interior design and overall design team lead. L&O assisted in the development of the brief and master plan and led a team of 18 sub-consultants which divided the project into eight packages of work. This project is currently one of the largest show horse facilities in the world and will be a centre of excellence for the sport. On this project, all the project specialists and equestrian sub-consultants were employed by L&O.

Our Services

Project Architect, Executive Architect, Design Architect, Interior Designer, Lead Consultant, Architectural Consultant

Project Size

Site Area: 800,000sqm

Date of Completion



Qatar Foundation


2015 ARCASIA Awards for Architecture 2015 - Honourable Mention (Category B-4 Specialized Building)
2012 Perspective Awards - Certificate of Excellence (Best International Architecture)
2012 Quality Building Award - Grand Award - Project Outside Hong Kong (Non Residential)
2012 Quality Building Award - Quality Architect Award
2011 World Architecture Festival Award (Sport and Stadiums category) Shortlisted Project
2011 Cityscape Awards - Architecture in the Emerging Markets (Leisure – Built Award Category) “Highly Commended Seal of Distinction” Award
2011 Overall Project of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards Shortlisted Project
2011 Arab Investment Summit - The Leader in Interior Design