Khalid bin Ali Al-Thani

Chairman of the Organizing Committee

UCI Road World Championships – Doha 2016.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Recalling The Qatar National Vision 2030, aimed at bringing together long term sustainable development including Economic Prosperity, Environmental Protection, Human and Social Developments;

Reaffirming the role of Doha 2016 Organizing Committee in proactively taking part and plan ahead to make the Qatar Vision 2030 a reality;

Supporting the Qatar Olympic Committee mission for the State of Qatar to become a leading nation in bringing the world together through sustainable sport development;

And considering the evidence-based experience of Qatar, becoming one of the world’s well known sporting hubs, especially with the Arabian hospitality and world class facilities.

With great pleasure and honor; as the first Arab and Middle East Country since the first organization of the championships in 1921, the State of Qatar is looking forward to hosting the UCI Road World Championship in Doha 2016.

In fact, sport occupies a privileged position in the national agenda of the country’s leaders. This priority extends beyond sport for sport’s sake to the objective of bringing people together, creating a peaceful message for one world. Therefore, the sports’ facilities have been evolving rapidly in recent years. Accordingly, Doha has become as one of the worldwide sport centers, contributing to the promotion of sport in the world as means of strengthening ties between various nations.

Over the years, Qatar hosted major international sports events. However, Next year, there will be a new significant station in our March, as the UCI Road World Championship – Doha 2016 will be definitely different. The road championships will provide the opportunity to show the beauty of Doha, with the Arabian Gulf surroundings, passing by iconic locations such as The Pearl – Qatar, Qatar Foundation, Lusail, and AspireZone, which all reflect the modernity and development of Qatar.

In this regard, I would like also to reaffirm the committed partnership between the Organizing Committee of Doha 2016 and all national stakeholders, including; Qatar Olympic Committee, Ministry of Interior, Qatar Cycling Federation, Qatar Tourism Authority, Ashghal Public Authority, Ministry of Transportation, Aspire Zone and others to provide the full support for the success of the championships.

I would like also to assure that the organizing committee dedicates its time, efforts and resources to achieve a world class championships, according to the assigned multiple strategies’ time frames including all the technical, operational, awareness raising, marketing, media, communication and promotional aspects.

Finally, we are looking forward to warmly welcoming all of you in Doha 2016, by our distinguished generous hospitality.