Al Arabi players and officials celebrate with the Amir Cup Trophy at the Al Duhail Sports Hall in Doha, yesterday. Al Arabi defeated Al Gharafa in the final after a thrilling contest.
The title-deciding match went down to the wire with Al Arabi winning it 26-25 to secure the prestigious title. The score was levelled 13-13 at half time. Top Qatar Olympic Committee officials also attended the final.
Al Arabi Handball Team (Arabic: فريق العربي لكرة اليد) is the handball team of Al Arabi SC, based in the capital city of Doha, Qatar. It currently competes in the 1st Division of the Qatari Handball League (QHL).
Al-Arabi Sports Club (Arabic: النادي العربي الرياضي), is a Qatari sports club based in Doha, Qatar. Founded in 1952, the most prominent team of the club is the football team which plays in the Qatar Stars League. The club’s home ground is the 13,000-seat Grand Hamad Stadium, where they have played since their establishment.
Al-Arabi had their first major success in 1978, winning the Emir of Qatar Cup, and won various titles during the 1980s and 1990s.
The club enjoyed their greatest period of success in those two decades, winning 17 major trophies. Domestically, Al-Arabi have won seven league titles, eight Emir of Qatar Cups, one Qatar Crown Prince Cup and six Qatar Sheikh Jassem Cups.
Al-Arabi’s regular kit colours are red shirts and shorts with red socks. The club’s crest has been changed several times in attempts to re-brand the club and modernise its image. The current crest, featuring a ceremonial falcon, is a modification of the one introduced in the early 1950s.
They are known for having one of the largest fan bases in Qatar next to rivals Al Rayyan. In terms of championships won, they are the second most successful club on a local level after Al Sadd. Al-Arabi is known by various nicknames including “Dream Team”, “The Red Devils”, and “Century Club”.