The purpose of this convention is to promote the prevention of, and the fight against, doping in sport, with a view to its elimination.
The convention was ratified in 2005 and came into effect on the 1st of February 2007. Qatar ratified the treaty in August 2007.


WADA was set up on the 10th of November 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sport.
On the 4th of December 2007, the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) welcomed the decision of the State of Qatar to establish a WADA accredited Doping Analysis Laboratory. An Emiri Decree No 14 (2011) was issued to establish the Anti-Doping Laboratory as an independent entity and approved creation of a Board of Trustees.


ADLQ WADA accredited for the tests of Athletes Biological Passport (ABP) on the 10th of February 2014, this was followed by full accreditation in August 2015. Athlete Management Passport Unit (APMU) approval from WADA was given in November 2019 and passport evaluation started in January 2020.

Our Mission

To be a sustainable organization at the forefront of the fight against doping in sport, fostering excellence in globally competitive research, while encouraging and facilitating the education and training of its staff.

The Vision

To be a leading anti-doping service and research facility, operating with integrity, ethics and excellence by 2022.

Our Values






Board of Trustees (BOT)

Professor Mohammed Al-Maadheed


Director General of Naufar Hospital

Director of the Centre of Metabolism and Inflammation, Division of Medicine, University College London.

Professor Mariam Ali Al-Maadheed

Vice Chair

Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University.

Professor Asma Al-Thani


Vice President, Medical and Health Sciences, QU Health, Qatar University

Vice Chair, Qatar Biobank Board; Chair, National Qatar Genome Committee

Professor David Lomas


Vice Provost (Health) at University College London (UCL)

Head of UCL Medical School and Director of the UCL Partners

Professor Amine Benyamina


Addiction Psychiatrist - Paul Brousse University Hospital in Villejuif, France.

Professor - Paris Saclay Faculty of Medicine, France

Head - Research Center for the Treatment of Addictions, France

Dr Mohammed Al-Haifi


Former Minister of Heath of Kuwait

General Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery

Honoring the league of Arab states for Arab Achiever

Mr Ibrahim Al-Daheimi


Director General of the Regulatory Authority for Charitable Activities (RACA), as of 2017

Ms Fatima Al-Hatimy

Secretary, BoT


Ms Noor Al-Motawa

General Manager

Ms Noor Al-Motawa provides overall leadership in planning, organizing, resourcing, monitoring, controlling, and reporting on all ADLQ activities. This includes setting direction and providing leadership geared towards the implementation and achievement of the ADLQ’s vision, mission, and strategic objectives.

Ms Noor Al-Motawa

Director of Administration

Ms Noor Al-Motawa manages and oversees ADLQ’s Finance, HR & employee services department and Talent Management to support ADLQ towards achieving its set goals and objectives.

Mr Abdulaziz Jassim

Director of Facility and Support Services

Mr Abdulaziz Jassim manages and oversees ADLQ’s facilities and support services functions including engineering, facilities, general services, IT & Procurement to support ADLQ towards achieving its set goals and achievements.

Professor Alka Beotra

Director - ADLQ Laboratory

Prof Alka Beotra provides the technical leadership to achieve excellence in both routine testing and research. Manages and maintains accreditation by ISO17025 and WADA. Participates and supports ADLQ towards achieving its goals and objectives.

Our Services

In compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 and WADA ISL


ADLQ services are compliant with:

  • ISO/IEC17025 - National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), since 2013
  • WADA regulations:
    • Athlete Biological Passport
    • Athlete Biological Passport Management Unit (APMU)

Other Services

Untargeted Metabolomics:

Metabolomics is a novel and appropriate tool to detect dopants and their metabolites, using direct or indirect approaches. The use of metabolomics is often hampered by robust and affordable methods for the detection and identification of novel metabolite markers. Furthermore, there have been questions raised about its reproducibility.

Human Development

Training and education are among the most important investments in human capital in the Anti-Doping lab Qatar. One of its strategic goals is to support the individual growth of its employees by developing their knowledge, skills , behavioral and technical competencies.

Research & Publications

Internal Research & Education Committee (IREC) Members

Professor Mohammed Al-Maadheed


Professor Vidya Mohamed-Ali

Scientific Advisor

Professor Alka Beotra


Professor David Lomas


Professor Amine Benjamini


Dr Waseem Samsam

Research & Education Co-ordinator


  • Review research ideas/protocols submitted by scientists, and this can come from any level, either from within ADLQ or our scientists in collaboration with groups outside, either nationally or internationally
  • Determine the project’s relevance and adherence to ADLQ’s mission and vision; project complexity; determine our capability to fulfil the aims of the project in terms of people, technical aspects, statistical/bioinformatics back-up, funding (internal and external)
  • If we, as IREC approve a project, then help or at least monitor progress, at various stages of the project, including preparation of study documents, such as IRB submissions, Scope of Work, attend pre-project presentations
  • Once the project is up and running check progress, through reviewing progress reports, help, if possible with any difficulties, such as with recruitment or expanding collaboration, if they’ve run into a technical impasse
  • Help with reviewing manuscripts, maybe even take an active role in writing them, if necessary
  • Acquire and maintain critical knowledge to support our scientists and their teams to maintain knowledge base regarding scientific advances that influence our services

Important Links


Al Waab, Doha, Qatar
+974 4413 2900