Qatar offers visitors a taste of its age-old traditional pastimes at a number of venues across the country:

Camel racing, at the Al Shahaniya track, attracts large enthusiastic crowds during the winter racing season.

Falconry, a sport dating back 5,000 years, is avidly pursued by many Qataris during the hunting season. There are a number of festivals which showcase the best of Qatar’s falconry traditions.

The Arabian horse & horse racing. Al Shaqab centre is devoted to perpetuating purebred Arabian bloodstock, while Qatar’s equestrian tradition flourishes at Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. 

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Music. Traditional music, featuring traditional wind instruments and drums, is still widely played, especially at banquets, celebrations and special events. 

Visitors will find concerts in Souq Waqif and Katara. 

Arts & crafts. Traditional decoration and design remain important features of Qatari life, finding expression in the work of craftsmen in many field, including jewellery, architecture, henna painting and Arabic calligraphy.

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