Cheers from Aspire Zone, Doha

This post is part of a series on our trip to Qatar in August 2012, approaching the end of Ramadan until the celebration of Eid Al Fitr. It was the height of summer, but the hot weather didn’t totally stop us from exploring Qatar as much as we can. :)

So, after having ice cream at The Pearl Qatar, we were off to our next destination, Aspire Zone!

The Aspire Zone (also known as Doha Sports City) is a world class sports complex in Al Waab District, Doha, Qatar.

Welcome to Aspire Zone!

Aspire Zone is a 250 hectare facility featuring Khalifa Stadium, Hamad Aquatic Center, Aspire Dome, The Torch Tower, and near my dream mall, Villaggio. 🙂

Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium was named after Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s former Emir. It is an important part of the Doha Sports City complex and has hosted a number of major sport events since 2004, and geared to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Bongga! 

Hello Villaggio

Honestly, what I primarily wanted to see was the Villaggio Shopping Mall (which was just adjacent to Aspire)I’ve read about it online and saw photos of its interiors. I wanted to visit the Gondolania Park, and if i could, actually ride a gondola. 🙂

Unfortunately, due to a fire incident last May which also caused the death of many including young kids, it was closed until further notice.

Till next time then

Prior to our trip there were unconfirmed reports online that Villaggio would be reopened on 15th August in line with the coming Eid Al Fitr holidays. I was crossing my fingers it would be true; then we’d have a chance to visit it by then.

I guess the reopening plans didn’t push through as when we went to visit (twas 18th August) it was still closed. Well, it will be one more reason to go back to Doha.

The Torch Tower

The Torch Tower. It was massive…. It was so up close I was straining my neck looking up its 300m height from the ground. It was like a uniquely shaped giant Christmas tree with overload of colorful lights. 🙂

Wouldn’t it be nice to stay in one of its suites when I get back to Doha? Mashallah. 🙂 

Already dreaming of returning to Doha with hotel accommodations @ The Torch. Ambisyosa! 🙂

It was late evening when we were there so it was dark and not able to see much of Aspire Zone. Check out the Aspire Park Brochure for its other attractions and features.

We enjoyed a bit more of the night views of Aspire, admiring the lights of the Torch… and then finally agreed to call it a day, este night na pala.

Special thanks to Jerome and wifey who generously toured us with their red Bumblebee. 🙂

Incidentally, the moon has been appeared, meaning, Eid Al Fitr na mga kapuso!


Definitely excited to celebrate the First Day of Eid Al Fitr tomorrow!  🙂 🙂 🙂

(Hindi naman masyadong obvious bah) 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Cheers from Aspire Zone, Doha

  1. Pingback: Discovering Pearl Qatar, the Riviera Arabia « adbenturera

  2. wow maganda din pala jan sa doha qatar.

    Will visit that soon..

    kakavisit lang namin sa OMAN and its a great place…

    nice blog….

    napadaan lang…

    Try to Visit din dito sa DUbai…


  3. Salamat Krisjewel, yep maganda sa Doha, kaso lang mainit nung pumunta kami hehe, kaya pag kayo punta i timing nyo pa winter na para mas masarap mglakad lakad.

    yep been to UAE pero dami ko pa indi napuntahan (like Atlantis) kaya babalik ulit pag may chance, ipon ipon lang ng panglakwatsa.

    wow Oman! punta din kami (sa Oct, Eid Al Adha) sana malamig na that time hehe,

    i saw your post about your trip and waiting for your photos (demanding bah) 🙂

    Lubusing mamasyal dito sa Middle East kasi ireng malapit, Happy Travels! ^ ^

  4. Pingback: Kaliwali the heat, it’s the First Day of Eid! « adbenturera

  5. .. the torch tower is stunning! i checked their rates, average daily rate is 1350 qatari riyals for a deluxe room!

  6. ganda tlga nya Kuya lalo’t sa malapitan… parang giant Christmas tree sa dami at iba ibang ilaw. wow at ni check mo na ang rate hehe! 1350 QAR hmmmm…. mjo mahal nga… (kuripot mode) pero at least mas mukang makatotohanan naman kesa sa burj al arab hehe.. ..pagdadasal kong mgkaconvention kami at ipadala ni boss, otherwise save save, 🙂

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