Doha, Qatar: To mark the end of this year’s camel calving season, which runs from October to February, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has released photos of some of the country’s cutest new arrivals.
Camels have graced the Qatari deserts for centuries, having been introduced to the country by the nomadic Bedouin tribes, and are an important part of Qatar’s culture and heritage. Initially the only mode of land transport, these sturdy animals are perfectly adapted to exploring the desert due to their famed skill of retaining water. Camels can survive for a week or more without water and last for several months without food.
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 seabeds and is recognised by UNESCO as Qatar’s largest natural reserve.
Chief Operating Officer of Qatar National Tourism Council, Berthold Trenkel, said: “The annual calving of camels is a joyful sight to behold. These majestic creatures have long been loyal companions to Qatar’s people and have contributed to the country’s prosperity over the centuries, nowadays being an intriguing attraction for tourists. We’re delighted to be able to share images of our new arrivals and look forward to hosting visitors to experience this important part of our country’s culture when we reopen our borders.”
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.
About Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC):
Qatar National Tourism Council’s mission is to firmly establish Qatar as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity and where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.
QNTC’s work is guided by the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase visitor spending.
Since launching QNTSS, Qatar has welcomed over 14 million visitors. The economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible with the government designating tourism in 2017 a priority sector in pursuit of a more diverse economy and more active private sector.