A five-star resort for horses: Qatar's Al Shaqab equestrian center
Did the last hotel you stayed in have a swimming pool, beauty parlor, gymnasium, personal trainers, maternity unit and en suite performance arenas?
Which means in Qatar there are horses probably enjoying better facilities than you.
At Al Shaqab, a vast horseshoe-shaped complex on the outskirts of the Qatari capital Doha, horses experience a refined lifestyle that more closely resembles a five-star spa resort than a traditional stud farm.
They enjoy leg-stretching gallops on a private racetrack, daily grooming sessions and individually tailored fitness programs. At night or during the desert heat of midday, they retire to spotless air-conditioned stables.
If they had hands instead of hooves, these thoroughbred beauties would probably be dialing room service.
Built around the site of historic stables, Al Shaqab is a gleaming, ultramodern equestrian facility that reflects both Qatar's obsession with horses and the tiny oil-rich country's desire for opulent status symbols.
It's a worthwhile destination for horse fanatics visiting or transiting through Doha. Public tours can be arranged via the center's website and even non-horsey travelers are likely to find a visit here fascinating.
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