Duration : 4Hours
Minimum : 2pax
Vehicle : Air –conditioned coaches/ cars & 4WDS
Horses and Camels are two words that will conjure images of Arabia. A tour which showcases the ‘ship of the desert’ and the ‘Arabian Horses’, is a tour worth taking. The Racing & Equestrian Club situated at Al Rayyan has been the centre of equestrian activity for generations with a basic race course on the site from as early as the 1960s. Horse racing is an extremely popular sport in Qatar, and each season offers an exciting programme that includes around 40 race meetings. Purebred Arabian and thoroughbred horses race for huge prize money and prestigious trophies such as the Emir’s Cup and the Qatar International Cup. Races take place 4 pm – 7:30 pm throughout the season,
After seeing some of the prized stallions, proceed to the camel race tracks in Shahaniya, approx 30 kms away. In Qatar today, the camel is a prized animal but it is the racing camels, which draw most attention. The races have drawn a lot of attention to the plight of young children used as jockeys, as a result of which Qatar has banned their use. Robots specially created for this sport have now replaced the jockeys and the law is enforced strictly.
The camel race season is usually from Oct – May each year and although there may not be a race on this particular day, you may still be lucky enough to see these beasts in action with their jockeys and trainers. The vehicles permitted to drive alongside the track to urge the animals on! It is there that you can see trainers driving alongside their protégés, shouting instructions to the jockeys through megaphones, or using hand signs to indicate a required change of pace.
Continues we can see the Oryx in its natural surroundings at the Oryx Farm you come back from Shahaniya. The national animal of Qatar, the Oryx isn´t found anywhere else in the world in such large numbers. These rare and elegant antelopes now live and breed as protected herds under the direct care and protection of the Qatari