The Arabian Gulf Cup is back in Doha after 15 long years (2004 was the last time it was held here) and we absolutely can’t wait for the 24th edition to kick off this week on Tuesday November 26.
The 24th edition of the Arabian Gulf Cup, the region’s most impressive football tournament will be held in Doha from November 26 until December 8.
This exciting event runs until Sunday December 8 at Khalifa International Stadium located in Aspire Zone and here is everything you need to know.
The Arabian Gulf Cup has been a fan favourite ever since it started in Bahrain in 1970. It is one of the most anticipated sporting events in the Gulf region. Ever since the Gulf Cup kicked off, Kuwait has been the most successful team with ten wins over the past years. With Oman being the most recent champions, we’re excited to see who comes emerges victorious this year.
The iconic Khalifa Stadium already has its claim to fame from international events such as the Asian Games, and the AFC Cup with its 40,000-seat capacity.
However, thanks to a three-year expansion and renovation project, the stadium is now more technologically advanced than ever before.
The venue is now ultra-modern with cutting-edge features such as air-conditioning technology, LED lighting and digital floodlights, providing optimal performance conditions for athletes and an unparalleled viewing experience for spectators. The ground-breaking cooling technology is 40 percent more sustainable than existing techniques.
Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium which opened in 2013 will also be hosting a few matches. The official capacity is 12,000 people, and the stadium is located within the complex of the Internal Security Forces in the Duhail district of the capital Doha.
The teams participating include host country Qatar, current champions Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain.
All the fans attending this year’s Gulf Cup will get to enjoy a variety of different events and activities. From art and traditional fashion shows to cultural events and kids’ activities, there’s lots for everyone to enjoy.
There are events for spectators and around 30 Qatari artists will participate in different events throughout the competition. A marathon will also take place for all students attending.
Group A – Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq
Group B – Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain
Tuesday November 26
M1) Qatar vs Iraq – Khalifa International Stadium at 7.30pm
M2) United Arab Emirates vs Yemen – Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 9.30pm
Wednesday November 27
M3) Oman vs Bahrain – Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 5.30pm
M4) Saudi Arabian vs Kuwait – Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 8pm
Friday November 29
M5) United Arab Emirates vs Iraq – Khalifa International Stadium at 5.30pm
M6) Yemen vs Qatar – Khalifa International Stadium at 8pm
Saturday November 30
M7) Kuwait vs Oman – Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 5.30pm
M8) Bahrain vs Saudi Arabia – Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 8pm
Sunday December 2
M9) Qatar vs United Arab Emirates – Khalifa International Stadium at 5.30pm
M10) Kuwait vs Bahrain - Khalifa International Stadium at 8pm
M11) Yemen vs Iraq - Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 5.30pm
M12) Oman vs Saudi Arabia - Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium at 8pm
Semi Finals – Thursday December 5
M13) Winner Group A vs runner-up Group B – (Location and Timing TBA)
M14) Winner Group B vs runner-up Group A – (Location and Timing TBA)
Finals – Sunday December 8
M15) Match 13 winner vs Match 14 winner – Khalifa International Stadium (Timing TBA)
This year’s mascot for the Gulf Cup is Sodeifi. For those of you who don’t know, he resembles an oyster holding a pearl. Sodeifi is the Arabic word for shell and the mascot features the colours of the Qatari flag. He made his first appearance in 2004 when Qatar hosted the Gulf Cup.
You can buy your tickets online for QR10 (starting). More than 35,000 tickets have been sold thus far. There are three categories available – Category 1 for QR50, Category 2 for QR 30 and Category 3 for QR10.
Like any other major event in Doha, expect traffic jams and long queues. There are, however, more than 1,000 marked parking spots available. The Doha Metro Gold Line has just opened, so in case you haven’t already used it, now might be a good time to try it. On purchasing your tickets, you can see the closest parking spot marked on the back of the ticket. As always, arrive early to avoid all traffic and parking-related hassles.
From QR10. Nov 26-Dec 8. Timings vary. Khalifa Stadium and Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium. For tickets: bit.ly/2qz78Lg.