The ‘Moscow – Doha’ motor rally team arrived in Qatar with much fanfare. Touted as the rally’s debut on the international platform, it started from Russia on 18 April for 20-days’ voyage to arrive in Doha. The team comprised of 11 participants, one among them is a Qatari Student Ahmed Yussef Al Hail who is continuing his studies at MGIMO in Russia.

The Ambassador of Qatar to the Russian Federation, His Excellency Fahad Bin Mohamed Al Attiya along with Hassan Al Ibrahim Assistant Secretary General Qatar Tourism Council and other dignitaries welcomed the rallyists who arrived in Qatar during a reception held in their honor, to celebrate the success of ‘Moscow-Doha’ Rally in the world of rallying and introduce it to the motor sports aficionados in town in the presence of VIP and media representatives.

On this occasion, His Excellency Fahad Bin Mohamed Al Attiya, the Ambassador of Qatar to the Russian Federation, said, “I am delighted to welcome the participants of the ‘Moscow-Doha’ Rally in Qatar. With the successful run of the maiden Rally, we take pride in announcing that it will now be an annual event, which will leave its imprint on the global rally map.”

Elated at this achievement, Mr. Hassan Al Ibrahim Assistant Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council commented, “First of all, I would like to welcome the participants in the Rally (Moscow Doha), the first rally of its kind, which intends to support sports tourism – one of the four main pillars identified by the National Tourism Sector Strategy 2017-2023. This initiative aims to achieve the objectives of growth and development in the sports tourism sector. We have been able to strengthen the status of Qatar during the past years as a preferred sports tourism destination desired by all athletes and sports people from different sports fields and sectors. Through such impactful initiatives, the National Tourism Council works to promote and increase its diversity, highlighting Qatar’s unparalleled capabilities, facilities and offerings in the region. Today with this rally, we are cultivating one of the most fruitful results of those efforts.”

From his side, Alexander Korobko who was leading the ‘Russian Hour’ film crew who were documenting this first episode of the rally, said, “I would like to thank Qatar for the warm welcome we received from the moment we arrived in Doha, as well as to the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Russia, represented by His Excellency Mr. Fahd Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, and Mr. Hassan Al-Ibrahim, Assistant Secretary General of Qatar National Tourism Council for their endless support and contribution for the successful launch of the ‘Moscow Doha’ rally, and announcing it an annual affair to attract more youth towards sports and its growing importance.”

The ‘Moscow- Doha’ rally participants were divided on 3 ‘Patriot’ UAZ, the renowned Russian vehicle known for its high capabilities on all type of tracks and off-road. After departing Moscow, the team travelled in their prepared UAZs for 20 days, with stops in major cities – Kursk, Volgograd, Elista, Makhachkala, Derbent, Baku, Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, etc. The team, after that, took the water path from Bushehr to Al Ruweis in the norther part of Qatar, to reach Doha at the end of the trip.