Complementing Qatar’s prominence in the international sports arena, visitors can also enjoy watching a range of traditional sports. Camel racing at the track at Al Shahaniya offers an exciting riot of colour, noise and spectacle throughout the winter season. Big prizes are available to the winners, culminating at the prestigious HH the Emir’s Swordrace meeting.
Visitors can also witness traditional fishing and pearl diving – accompanied by a flotilla of dhows - at the Senyar Festival, a four day competition at Katara in April. The Al Galayel Championship, a hunting and falconry competition set in the desert, is another celebration of Qatar history and tradition, involving four days of hunting houbara, gazelle and curlews.