Aspire Zone


Asia, Qatar, Doha

The Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sports City, is a 250-hectare (2.5 square kilometers) sporting complex located in Al Waab district of Doha, Qatar. It was established as an international sports destination in 2003 and in the following year an educational centre for the development of sporting champions (the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence) was opened. The complex contains several sporting venues, mostly constructed in preparation for the 2006 Asian Games. These sporting venues include: Khalifa International Stadium, a 50,000-capacity stadium primarily used for soccer matches. Hamad Aquatic Center, an Olympic-size swimming pool. The Aspire Dome, which is the world's largest indoor multi-purpose sports hall and contains 13 different playing fields. Aspire Zone is also home to Doha's tallest structure, the Torch - Doha, and is adjacent to Villaggio Mall, the most popular mall in Qatar. The complex is an important feature in the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid submitted by the Qatar Football Association, and was central to the Doha bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics put forward by the Qatar Olympic Committee.