Al Shahaniya Racetrack

Garafat Al Rayyan and Dukhan Hwy, Ash-Shahaniyah, Qatar


Camel racing, traditionally known as the  sport of the sheiks  continues even today in the small hamlet of Al Shahaniya, where Qatar's popular camel racetrack is situated. Visitors are charmed with an exceptional prospect to view the fiercely competitive and one of the most expensive sporting events in Qatar. The camels were held back by green netting. Their handlers stood tense in front of them, holding onto their ropes. Arab riders on large camels jostled by their robot counterparts on smaller camels. Then, with a crack, the netting shot up and the handlers went scampering out of the way as the camels galloped off, closely followed by their beeping and hollering owners.

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