Built in just under a year by 1000 workers at the cost of $USD58million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In addition the circuit hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar won by Nigel Mansell.
The track is 5.4 km in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching too much onto the track.
In 2007, Losail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. The lighting of the Losail Circuit by Musco Lighting is the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world. The first night race in MotoGP history was the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.