THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Qatar Total Open
From 02/13 to 02/18
Money prize: $ 710,900
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Location: Khalifa International Tennis Complex – Al Majles Twaon Street, Al Dafna, Doha, Qatar
How to get: Tennis Complex is not so far from downtown, infact in just 15 minutes driving you can arrive easily to tennis action. Ahmad International Airport, on the other hand, is far about 18 km. Distance from amazing The Corniche is less than 2 km.
Previous winners: 2016 Carla Suarez Navarro – 2015 Lucie Safarova – 2014 Simona Halep – 2013/2012 Victoria Azarenka
Main players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Times Bacsinszky (Sui) – Elena Vesnina (Rus)
THE TOWN: Once little more than a minuscule pearl fishing village, Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is a modern and rapidly developing city and, considering the money being poured into construction, especially in preparation for its hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Doha looks set to become one of the premier cities in the Gulf within a few years. Infact Lonely Planet writes about this futuristic city:“It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days, but here’s your chance. Whether it’s the stunning and constantly changing skyline or the massive investment the Qatari authorities are making in landmark cultural icons, this is a city oozing confidence and style, as at ease in its modern shopping malls as in its traditional souqs. Wander the reinvented and fabulously atmospheric Souq Waqif, wonder at the sheer beauty of the world-class Museum of Islamic Art and its exhibits or head out to Katara to explore – wherever you look, Doha is threatening to eclipse Dubai as the Gulf’s most dynamic city. Thrown in a new Metro system in the making and the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, and the chances are that things are only going to get better.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF DOHA:
- Museum of Islamic Arts
- Souq Waqif
- The Corniche
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- K108 Hotel Doha. Excellent **** hotel, this accomodation rated 8.4 on Booking is situated 8 minutes drive from Airport and 8 minutes drive from Museum of Islamic Arts. It provides modern rooms, a terrace pool and a restaurant which offers good international cousine. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 122$ per night with wifi and parking included.
- Shangri-La Hotel Doha. Wonderful ***** hotel located in the fashionable West Bay district a few steps to City Center Mall. The property offers free WiFi in all areas, a large lagoon shaped pool, a variety of restaurants and bars to satisfy every taste of international customers. The price for a 46 mq2 deluxe double room with stunning views on Arabian Gulf starts from 221$ per night.
- The Torch Hotel Doha. Iconic ***** hotel, rated 9.0 on Booking, it features revolving restaurant and panoramic views out over the city, an infinity pool, a health club, and beauty parlor. The onsite Flying Carpet restaurant offers Italian cousine dishes. A deluxe double room costs 288$ per night with excellent breakfast included.
Enjoy our 1st TennisTrip in Qatar!