Al Shaqab Equestrian Academy

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

Architectural Consultant, Executive Architect, Design Architect, Lead Consultant, Project Architect, Project Management

Project size

Site Area: 800,000sqm

Date of Completion



Qatar Foundation


2015 ARCASIA Awards for Architecture - Honourable Mention (Category B-4 Specialized Building)
2012 Perspective Awards Certificate of Excellence - Best International Architecture
2012 Quality Building Award (QBA) Grand Award Project Outside Hong Kong (Non Residential)
2012 Quality Building Award (QBA) 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 Projects
2011 Arab Investment Summit - The Leader in Interior Design