Doha, Qatar: Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is ready with a huge range of diverse activities and events for Qatar’s community members to enjoy as it celebrates the Qatar National Sport Day (NSD).
Whether for visitors exercising alone or those doing so with family and friends, Aspire Zone has something for everyone on offer across its world-class outdoor and indoor venues. A jam-packed day of sporting activities is scheduled to run from early morning to sunset.
AZF’s National Sport Day activities draw a massive number of people each year. Because of the importance that AZF places on safety, the organisation has never recorded a single incident or accident during the past eight NSD celebrations.
It is for reasons of safety that AZF will keep parking spaces in Aspire Zone closed to the public from early morning on National Sport Day itself to ensure that visitors can move around the park easily and in-between venues without having to worry about any risks posed by moving vehicles.
Instead, visitors to Aspire Zone can park their vehicles in the parking areas near Villaggio Mall, Al Furousiya Street or in the area near Aspetar Hospital. Shuttle buses will be provided to pick up visitors from Aspire’s Ladies hall starting from 7:00 AM, and drop them off near Football Pitch 10.
And to safeguard the health and safety of all visitors to Aspire Zone, AZF is establishing a number of first aid checkpoints across its precinct at which ambulances and trained first aiders will be stationed. Visitors to Aspire can use a number of portable toilet facilities which are distributed across Aspire Park.
Your ultimate guide to NSD at Aspire Zone
A full-day programme for NSD has been specially developed to suit anyone and everyone from Qatar’s rich and diverse community. This includes the following events:
Registration for the race will begin at 6:30 AM and will last until 7:30 AM. The race will then start at 8:00 AM covering an area of 3km around Khalifa International Stadium. The race is expected to finish at 9:00 AM.
Opening Ceremony (Warm up)
This opening ceremony will represent the official start of 2019’s NSD activities at the kid’s playground which is located between Aspire and Villagio. The ceremony starts at 8:00am with a 15-minute-warm-up exercise conducting by professional trainers from Aspire Active to start off the day.
Family-friendly activities at football pitch 10
A huge range of family-friendly activities will take place around football pitch number 10. These include: wall climbing, Thai boxing, Taekwondo, boxing, high/low intensity training sessions, fitness classes, Moroccan Sports Corner, team building activities, fitness shows and Japanese Kendo Demonstrations. Scheduled activities at football pitch 10 will start from 8:00am until 3:00pm.
Russian martial arts Sambo – an Aspire ‘first’ for 2019
One of the highlights amongst the entertaining activities scheduled for this year’s NSD is the show and programme related to Sambo, a Russian martial art. This consists of interactive master-classes and workshops organised in collaboration between embassies in Doha and Moscow, starting from 8:00am until 3:00pm.
Organised for the third consecutive year, the Nordic walk will start from behind Burgeri restaurant. Nordic Walking is a ‘total body’ version of walking that can be enjoyed by non-athletes as a healthy physical activity. It is performed with specially designed walking poles similar to those used for skiing. The Nordic walk will kick off at 11:00am and run until 1:00pm.
The famous Wall Climbing marks a return for 2019’s NSD celebrations at Aspire. Under the close supervision of sports experts, this exciting activity requires clear focus and high levels of fitness and will be held behind Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel from 8:00am-3:00pm.
Indoor activities at Aspire Dome
AZF will dedicate a secure and private sports zone for women only to encourage women of all ages to engage in an active, healthy lifestyle. Scheduled events include gymnastics, badminton, basketball and aerobics that will take place at Aspire Dome from 10:30am-1:00pm. The Multi-Sports Development Team will also organise sporting challenges geared towards families.
Activities at Aspire Dome - challenge yourself
Aspire Dome will host a variety of activities for families including running, hammer throwing, plyometric challenges and a 200-meter bike race. The activities at Aspire Dome typically attract up to 2,500 people on National Sport Day with a diverse range of fun challenges for people of all ages that also help increase endurance, strength and flexibility. The activities at the Dome will run from 11:00am until 3:00pm.
Local entities choose Aspire Zone as their preferred NSD celebration venue
AZF is making its outdoor and indoor world-class facilities available to host more than 37 local government and private entities for their National Sport Day celebration. Organisations that have chosen Aspire Zone as their NSD partner this year include: The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, National Human Rights Committee, Qatargas, Qatar Fuel Additives Company (QAFAC), General Administration for Drug Control from the Ministry of Interior, KEO international consultants, Gulf Laboratories, Al-Taadhod Group, Ninja Vigor Sport Center, Kaged sports, Sports Corner, Ideal Solutions, Medgulf Construction, Electro City, and Planet Medical Center. In addition, a number of charitable entities and those dedicated to social causes are also celebrating at Aspire. This include Qatar Social Work Foundation, Qatar Institute for Speech and Hearing and Qatar’s Autism Centre & Special Needs.
To prevent dehydration, which can cause cramps and fatigue, Aspire Zone will offer its visitors water bottles throughout the day. Families and individuals planning to come to Aspire Zone are advised to bring healthy meals, fruits, and enough fluids to stay hydrated. All restaurants and food outlets at Aspire Zone will operate normally during the day.
Details of NSD activities at Aspire Zone will made available to the public through the ‘Life in Aspire’ mobile application, the Life in Aspire website www.lifeinaspire.qa/NSD and AZF’s various social media channels.
This year’s NSD activities at Aspire Zone are sponsored by Qatar Gas and Ideal Solutions (Official Sponsor), QAFAC, KidZania, Aseel, Ali Bin Ali Holding, and Baladna (Event Partners).
In cases of emergency, visitors can contact the numbers below:
Security 55778898, 55527447
Missing children 44138406
Safety Department 33940324
Lost and Found 44136804