About Us - Al-Anabi Racing

At the forefront of  Al-Anabi Racing is HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar, who set a goal of promoting the domestic and international awareness of motorsports in the nation of Qatar. As a result of his efforts, Al-Anabi Racing has emerged as one of the leading drag racing teams in the region.

The vision of Qatar Race Club was to create the most superior state of the art facility in the Gulf Region. Sheik Khalid’s vision became a reality in February of 2009 when QRC hosted its inaugural event to over 100 racers and a packed house of spectators from all over the globe. Located in Doha, Qatar, the Qatar Race Club is the most technically advanced and outfitted drag racing facility in the country. The racing track itself has been proclaim to the flattest racing surface in the World and been proven by producing some of the quickest and fastest times in event competition.

The Qatar Race Club is a state-of-the-art Motorsports facility with a quarter-mile, all-concrete racing surface that includes concrete guard rail throughout the shutdown area.  The QRC track is milled and polished, and the facility utilizes the latest in track-cleaning equipment.  The track utilizes Compulink Timing Systems and is available for corporate events and private test sessions. 

Arabian Drag Racing League races for the 2014 season are scheduled for Jan 9th & 10th , Jan 16th & 17th, Jan 23rd & 24th, Feb 6th & 7th, Feb 13th & 14th, FINAL 20th & 21st  For additional information, please visit http://www.qrczone.com/.

Quotes from His Excellency:

“I am a huge fan of drag racing, especially the manufacturing / engineering industry and how it relates to the sport.  I have followed Alan Johnson’s career over the past decade and understand he encompasses the variety of skill sets that it takes to be a World champion from an engineering capacity, hence the reason all the top teams choose to race with AJPE components."

“Alan has a will to win and a competitive zeal that comes from Alan’s own person. He doesn’t need motivation to succeed, he was born with it. He is the most knowledgeable person on the track on Sunday. That is who I want representing Al Anabi racing."

“The championships Alan Johnson has accumulated are synonymous with his ability to conceptualize a product transcending it to record-setting performance year-after-year. He has always been at the forefront to design components that make Top Fuel the class it is today."

My passion has always been drag racing, even as a younger adult. NHRA racing has quality teams, drivers and competitive racing.  I have followed several teams’ growth and success through television and news media outlets for some time."

” I am no different than any other team owner; I want to see both Top Fuel teams as World Champions. I trust Alan’s vision of operating his own team will manifest more wins, more records and championships while also raising awareness of the drag racing in my home country of Qatar.”

Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Team Internship Program:

The Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel team, owned by his Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani, is partnering with Texas A&M University and Education City in Doha, Qatar to provide real-life Motorsports experience for students in engineering-related fields.  The Al-Anabi Racing internship program, which debuted in 2012, is designed to give college students hands-on training in auto design and engineering; interns will learn how to effectively combine theory with practical experience in advanced automotive engineering. The program provides real-life experience in many different aspects of engineering and marketing of the 2010 and ‘11 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series World Championship Al-Anabi Racing Team.

Interns spend the majority of their two-week experience working at Alan Johnson Performance Engineering in Santa Maria, Calif. (www.alanjohnsonperformance.com ) where Al-Anabi Racing Team Manager Alan Johnson and his staff design and build race-engine components.  Interns learn the practical side of engineering and engine-component manufacturing.  They study with AJPE engineers as they work to design new AJPE Top Fuel engine components using Solidworks design software and gain experience creating CNC Machine code using the Hypermill CAM software.  They learn about design intent and practical tooling concepts for efficient manufacturing while learning about the flow of manufacturing and how and why machining sequences can create better parts and more efficient production.  In addition, interns will work alongside Al-Anabi Racing Team personnel during NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events at race tracks throughout the United States.   

To be eligible for this program, students must have completed at least two years of college and be pursuing a degree from the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Process Engineering and/or Supply Engineering.         

Education City is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Located on the outskirts of Doha, the capital of Qatar, Education City houses educational facilities from school age to research level and branch campuses of some of the world’s leading universities such as Texas A&M, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Weill Cornell Medical College and Georgetown University School of Foreign Services.

Education City aims to be the center of educational excellence in the region, instructing students in fields of critical importance to the Gulf Cooperation Council region. It is also conceived of as a forum where Universities share research and forge relationships with businesses and institutions in public and private sectors.  Education City is the vision of Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned.

Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) opened in 2003, offering world-renowned undergraduate engineering programs in the Middle East.  Cutting-edge techniques and applied research are integrated with innovative classroom instruction to ensure graduates are ready to assume leadership roles worldwide.  TAMUQ offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering; plus a Master’s degree (M.S. or M.Eng.) in Chemical Engineering.  Texas A&M’s engineering programs are regularly ranked among the best in the United States. Its graduates are highly sought after by top employers. Texas A&M at Qatar’s reputation for excellence matches its sister university in the United States with its commitment to educating engineers equipped to lead the next generation of engineering discovery.

About Qatar:

The State of Qatar occupies a peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf. This oil-rich nation, under British protection until 1971, chose not to join the United Arab Emirates. Qatar has exported oil since 1949, and as reserves decline, the nation has turned to its natural gas. The North Field (half the size of the entire country) is the largest single reservoir of natural gas in the world. The current Emir has instituted political reforms, including allowing women to vote and hold office. (Courtesy: www.nationalgeographic.com)

  • History: Established in 1850; its approximate population is approaching 1.9 million according to the World Bank. Qatar is in the Middle East but is part of the Asian continent.  
  • Capital: Doha (Al Dawha in Arabic); approximate population 400,000.
  • Area: 4,448 square miles, about the size of Connecticut but looks somewhat like the state of Michigan.
  • The Qatari Flag: Adopted in 1971 just before Qatar gained independence from Great Britain, the Qatari flag has a maroon base with a white, serrated stripe on the left side.  The white portion of the flag symbolizes peace while the maroon part, formerly red, represents the bloodshed in the country’s many wars.  The serrated edge signifies that Qatar is the ninth member of the “reconciled emirates” of the Arabian Gulf at the conclusion of the Qatari-British treaty in 1916. 
  • Languages: Arabic and English
  • Society: As a Muslim country, the Qatari work week runs from Sunday through Thursday.  Shops are generally open in the morning before closing for a long lunch break.  They re-open in the late afternoon.  Many shops are closed on Fridays and Saturdays for the weekend.
  • Getting There:  A flight to Doha takes approximately seven hours from London and more than 12 hours from New York.  The National Airline is Qatar Airways; the airline uses the head of an oryx in its logo.  The Oryx is the national animal of Qatar. 
  • Industry: Liquid Natural Gas, Crude oil production and refining, fertilizers, petrochemicals, steel reinforcing bars, cement
  • Agriculture: fruits, vegetables, poultry, dairy products, beef and fish
  • Exports: liquid natural gas, petroleum products, fertilizers and steel
  • Education City: The mission of Education City is to prepare the people of Qatar and the region to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world and to make Qatar a leader in innovative education and research. Some universities in Education City include Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Weill Cornell Medical College.  For additional information, please visit www.myeducationcity.com.
  • Entertainment City: A fully-integrated family destination which was planned with people in mind to deliver a “Live, Work, Play” lifestyle.  Located in the heart of Lusail bext to the Fox Hill Reserve Nature Park, entertainment City includes waterfront living, 12 five-star hotels, a theme park, a multi-purpose arena, pedestrian walkways and water taxis.  The area included 4,500 residential units including themed villas and sea-view apartments.
  • 2022 World Cup:  The eyes of the world will be focused on Qatar in 2022 when the Middle East nation hosts the World Cup, the biggest sporting event in the world. Qatar is the first Middle Eastern nation to host the World Cup and the smallest nation ever to host the world’s largest sporting event.  The World Cup, first played in 1930, was planned for the off years between the Olympic Games.  At that time, winter and summer Olympics were staged the same year, and the World Cup fit into the gap perfectly.  Now, with winter and summer Olympics staged every two years, the World Cup shares its years with the Olympics. Qatar has never qualified for a World Cup. 
  • Asian Games: The 2006 Asian Games were held in Qatar; it was the largest Asian games ever held.  

The Qatar Foundation:

         Qatar’s journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy: Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) aims to support Qatar on its journey from a carbon economy to a knowledge economy by unlocking human potential. It was established in 1995 by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. His wife, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, is the organization’s chairperson and driving force.

         Qatar National Vision 2030: Qatar National Vision 2030 was published in July 2008 and outlines how the nation will use its vast revenues from hydrocarbon resources to transform itself into a modern knowledge-based economy.  The people of Qatar are the key to achieving this aim, so the plan places developing human resources as the main priority for the next 20 years.  National Vision 2030 gave QF an exciting mandate: to be the ‘engine’ driving the development of Qatar’s people, with the headline aim of ‘Unlocking Human Potential’.

         Qatar Foundation’s Three Pillars: QF aims to unlock human potential through its three pillars of Education, Science & Research and Community Development. This will benefit not only Qatar, but the region & the world.  The three pillars, below, are crafted to help create a forward-looking knowledge economy for Qatar: 

    Bringing world-class education, work experience and career opportunities to Qatar’s young people.

    Building Qatar's innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences.

    Fostering a progressive society, enhancing cultural life and protecting Qatar’s heritage whilst addressing immediate social needs in the community.

Source: www.qf.com.qa