Camel watching in Qatar

By | Category: Travel destinations

Everybody loves baby animals goes the old saying and as old sayings go, it is not entirely true. There are animals that I don’t think I could love in baby or adult form.

Peek-a-boo said the calf to the world!

One of them could be the camel.

Having been on one and near many more I have to say I could do without the smell of them and without the motion success from which I suffered when riding it.

But I am probably in a minority.

Even I recognise the value of them to many countries where they serve as a necessary mode of transport.

What I did not know is that the camel calving season has just come to an end. In Qatar, and maybe elsewhere for all I know, the camel calving season lasts from October to February.

Camels were introduced into Qatar by nomadic Bedouin tribes and are an important part of Qatar’s culture and heritage. Initially the only mode of land transport, they are perfect for exploring the desert due to their famed skill of retaining water.  Every school child knows that camels can survive for long periods without water.

The animals can be spotted in large herds in the desert around Khor Al Adaid, also known as The Inland Sea, which is a unique tourist attraction in Qatar. An extraordinary landscape located south-east of the country’s capital, Doha, the Qatari desert features both sand dunes and sea beds and is recognised by UNESCO as Qatar’s largest natural reserve.

Today camels perform a more modern role; as  an important contributor’s to the country’s tourism.

For active holidaymakers wanting to visit Qatar’s camels, there are many opportunities to sit astride the impressive animals with Q-Explorer Tourism or 365 Adventures. Culture enthusiasts can get a taste of the nomadic life of the Bedouin tribes through a camel tour of Mesaieed while those looking for a more luxurious experience can spend the night glamping under the stars following a desert camel ride.

With direct flights on Qatar Airways from regional airports, the country is more accessible to Britons than many others meaning less time spent changing planes or travelling to Heathrow so more time can be spent on holiday.

Or you can be like me and just watch the calves from afar!

If you enjoyed this post, please consider subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
Tags: , , , ,