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.
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.