Qatar QBL 12/09 16:00 - Al Shamal vs Al Rayyan - View
West Asia Super League 12/19 17:00 - Al Shamal vs Kazma - View
West Asia Super League 01/16 16:00 - Al Shabab UAE vs Al Shamal - View
West Asia Super League 02/05 17:00 - Al Shamal vs Al Manama - View
West Asia Super League 02/13 18:00 - Kazma vs Al Shamal - View


West Asia Super League 12/04 17:00 - Al Manama v Al Shamal L 108-71
Qatar QBL 11/29 16:00 - Qatar Club v Al Shamal L 83-77
Qatar QBL 11/26 15:00 - Al Arabi Qatar v Al Shamal L 70-60
West Asia Super League 11/21 17:00 - Al Shamal v Shabab Al Ahli Dubai L 63-96
Qatar QBL 11/18 16:00 - Al Shamal v Al Wakrah L 69-99
Qatar QBL 11/18 14:00 - Al Shamal v Al Wakrah - View
Qatar QBL 11/14 14:00 - Al Sadd v Al Shamal L 60-59
Qatar QBL 11/08 14:00 - Al Shamal v Al Ahli Qatar L 65-82
Qatar QBL 10/28 14:00 - Al Shamal v Al Khor W 82-67
Qatar Emir Cup 06/10 16:00 - Al Sadd v Al Shamal L 121-87
Qatar Emir Cup 06/07 14:00 - Al Shamal v Al Gharafa L 75-80
Qatar Emir Cup 06/02 16:00 - Al Ahli Qatar v Al Shamal L 83-80

Wikipedia - Al Shamal

Al Shamal (Arabic: ٱلشَّمَال, romanized: Ash Shamāl) is a municipality in the state of Qatar. Its seat is called Madinat ash Shamal and it is considered to be one of the major cities in Qatar, although the population is barely over 8,000. The seat's name translates to "city of the north".

Ras Rakan, the Qatar Peninsula's northernmost point, is included in the municipality, and as such is surrounded by the Persian Gulf in all directions except for the south. It borders the municipality of Al Khor. The municipality is divided into three primary zones.


Satellite imagery of the northern Qatar Peninsula.
Map of the northern Qatar Peninsula in 1824 denoting the most important settlements, all of which currently fall within municipal boundaries.

Al Shamal Municipality was established in July, 1972 alongside Qatar's four other initial municipalities.

Accommodating less than 9,000 inhabitants, Al Shamal is the least populous municipality in the country. As it comprises the northernmost portion of the country, its historic importance is attributed to its more moderate weather and close proximity to Bahrain.

The traditional mainstay of its inhabitants was fishing and pearling. As early as the 16th century, Al Huwailah, located on the east coast of Al Shamal, served as Qatar's chief town. It was eventually overtaken by Al Zubarah, a town located in the western section of the municipality, which grew to be the largest and most important settlement in Qatar during the 18th century. A survey conducted by the British Hydrographic Office in 1890 reflects on the subsequent abandonment of Al Zubarah as well providing details of the surrounding area's geography:

"Ras Ashiraj [Ras Ushayriq] is a low rocky point, 16 miles S.W. of Ras Rakkin, to the eastward of which is a bay 1½ miles deep, but shallow. On the east side of this bay stands the once important town of Zubara, of which extensive ruins are still to be seen; it is now abandoned, and the inhabitants have removed to Moreyr [Murair]. Vessels from Bahrain to Zubara generally sight Ras Rakkin, and then skirt the shore reef in 4 or 5 fathoms, till Khor Hassan tower is sighted. The large fort at Moreyr should then be seen; it is situated on slightly rising ground, about 1½ miles inland, between Zubara and Fariha."

A unique system of partnership between coastal and inland villages was historically prevalent. Groundwater would be very difficult to obtain from settlements located directly on the coast due to the intrusion of seawater. Thus, coastal villages would trade prized marine resources such as fish in exchange for resources obtainable only from inland areas such as freshwater and crops. Examples of these historical partnerships include the Fuwayrit–Zarqa partnership and the Al Ghariyah–Al `Adhbah partnership. Another way settlements obtained freshwater was by excavating rawdas to create small reservoirs that would fill during rainy season.

Proceeding the discovery of oil, most of Al Shamal's population migrated to the capital Doha. In the mid-20th century, the region once again experienced significant population outflow due to upper aquifer salinization resulting from the overuse of diesel-powered water pumps. Nonetheless, once Qatar had begun reaping profits from its oil extraction activities, many northern settlements became repopulated as it had become feasible to transport water over longer distances.

Al Shamal is a professional basketball team based in the city of Madinat ash Shamal, Qatar. The team was founded in 2009 and has since become a prominent force in the Qatar Basketball League. Al Shamal is known for its strong defensive play and fast-paced offense, which has led to numerous victories and championships over the years.

The team's roster is made up of talented players from around the world, including the United States, Europe, and Asia. Al Shamal's players are known for their athleticism, skill, and teamwork, which allows them to dominate on both ends of the court. The team's coaching staff is also highly respected, with a focus on player development and strategic game planning.

Al Shamal's home court is the Al Gharafa Sports Club, which has a seating capacity of over 2,000 fans. The team's games are always highly anticipated events, with fans coming from all over Qatar to cheer on their favorite players. Al Shamal's success on the court has also helped to raise the profile of basketball in Qatar, inspiring a new generation of young players to take up the sport.

Overall, Al Shamal is a dynamic and exciting basketball team that is known for its winning tradition and commitment to excellence. With a talented roster and dedicated coaching staff, the team is poised to continue its success for years to come.