SHEIKH FAISAL MUSEUM AND CAMEL RACE TRACK
We visit an interesting private museum to learn more about Arab culture through countless artefacts and manufacts and witness one of the traditional sports: camel racing.
What we will see
- Tour inland as far as Al-Shahaniya
- Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
- Camel race track
What we will do
- Comfortably sitting on our coach, a one-hour drive takes us the city of Al-Shahaniya in the heart of Qatar, surrounded by the country's characteristic desert.
- Here, we top to visit the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, one of the largest private museums in the world located in a magnificent building purposely built in traditional style, which alone is worth a visit.
- Inside the museum, we can admire vast collections of artefacts ranging from artistic pieces and personal manufacts down to many everyday and traditional objects dating back to Qatar's pre-oil era.
- After our visit, we reach Al Shahaniya’s camel race track. During the winter season (November to February), the traditional sport attracts crowds of spectators.
- The coach takes us directly on the track as our guide illustrates the history of camel racing, which only a few privileged people can take part in due to the high costs: a racing camel can cost up to $100,000!
- Watching a race or a practice is a true event! But watching exotic animals race is not the only thrill: the animals are ridden by high-tech robot-jockeys remotely controlled by the owners from their Jeeps!
What you need to know
- Camels are sensitive to camera flashes, therefore it is forbidden to go near the track.
- It may be forbidden to get out of the coach during particular events, races or practices. In this case, the coach uses the road running parallel to the track and photos can be taken through the windows.
- The security service may forbid the coach from entering the track during races.
- It is not possible to visit the stables.
- Numerous building sites are found between Al Wakrah and Doha.