Thrilling night racing kicks off in March at the famous Losail International Circuit, which lies on the outskirts of Doha, and is the host to the 2020 Qatar MotoGP.
Like much else in the region, the track was built in little over a year and opened to great acclaim in 2004 when it hosted the very first Qatar Grand Prix. In 2008 the venue celebrated the first floodlit Grand Prix in the history of the World Championship, and has since 2007, hosted the first race of the MotoGP season.
The track is a flowing 5.4 kilometres in length, with the longest straight measuring a whopping 1 068 metres. The entire circuit is surrounded by artificial grass to prevent the Qatari desert sand from blowing onto the track. During March, when the Qatar MotoGP takes place, the weather reaches an average daily maximum of 26°C, but the cooler evenings mean you need to pack appropriately.
Doha is the capital city of Qatar, which forms part of the larger Arabian Peninsula and is fast becoming one of the most exciting destinations in the Middle Eastern region. Your MotoGP Qatar 2018 package includes some time in this exciting city, where you can enjoy visits to the Museum of Islamic Art, watch camels race across the desert or spend some time sampling the exceptional cuisine in one of the city’s restaurants.
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The Qatar Moto GP is the first Moto GP n the Season. With Qatar being an affordable and relatively easy destination to travel to, this event is becoming very popular amongst South Africans.
Qatar is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in the Middle East, with the futuristic city of Doha appealing to many second and third time visitors to the greater Persian Gulf region. Bordering Saudi Arabia to the south, its closest neighbour is the tiny country of Bahrain which is comprised of 30 little islands in the Gulf. Qatar is now recognised as one of the biggest art buying countries in the world, with the Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Islamic Art both based in Doha. Other cultural highlights of significance include the Msheireb Enrichment Centre, situated on the Doha Corniche, the Katara Cultural Village and the Pearl-Qatar Marina. Doha is also well known for its markets such as the Souq Waqif, which has been cleverly developed to look like a traditional 19th-century souq, complete with expertly restored Qatari buildings. A must-visit is the Falcon Souq, a traditional arcade just off the Souq Waqif and filled with leather-hooded Falcons waiting to be taken home by eager buyers.