The history of the competition has also seen it held every three to four years due to political or organisational problems. The idea for the tournament was established at the Summer Olympics , and the first Arabian Gulf Cup took place in which was won by Kuwait. Kuwait has been the most successful team in the tournament's history, winning 10 tournaments out of 23 in total, while Saudi Arabia , Qatar and Iraq all have three titles. The current champions are Oman , who defeated the United Arab Emirates in a penalty shootout in to win their second title. A major point that helped Qatar improve the competition was the fact that Al Jazeera Sports , the leading sports channel in Western Asia , and North Africa is based in Doha.
It took place in Kuwait from 22 December until 5 January Oman won their second title, defeating the United Arab Emirates in the final on penalties following a goalless draw. This tournament has the least goals-per-game average 1. The Gulf Cup tournament was originally scheduled to be in The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Basra , Iraq , with an official decision set to be made in February