Embark on a unique tour in Doha, Qatar, that combines the thrill of camel racing at the Al Shahaniya Camel Track with cultural exploration at the Sheikh Faisal Museum. Witness the exciting races as robot jockeys guide the camels across the sandy track, and take the opportunity to visit the stables and observe camel training. Continue the tour at the Sheikh Faisal Museum, showcasing a vast collection of historical artifacts and international art. Conclude the day at Aspire Park, Doha’s largest park, offering a serene setting for picnics and stunning views of the iconic Aspire Tower.
You will be picked up from Doha and head North to Al-Shahaniya where the Camel Track is located. Professional camel racing began in Qatar in 1972, and the sport centers around the Al Shahaniya. Here, domestic and international tournaments take place every Friday, from October to February, with major events such as HH the Emir’s Main Race held in March and April.
Remote-controlled, toddler-sized robot jockeys, clothed in colourful racing silks delight locals and tourists, as they ride the lanky mammals across the sandy track. Racing camels can run at speeds of up to 40 mph in short sprints and may continue at 30 mph for as long as an hour. The operator applies the whip antenna, commands the jockey to pull on the reins, and shouts encouragement to the camel via a built-in speaker.
Around the racetrack there is a virtual camel city where guests are welcome to visit the stables. Although shaded seating is available in the grandstand, visitors can do as locals do and follow races by driving their car along the road that runs parallel to the track.
Even when there are no races, guests are welcome to stop by any morning and watch the camels training.
A visit to Al Shahaniya offers a unique opportunity to admire the best groomed and some of the most expensive camels in the world.
Sheikh Faisal Museum Is one of the biggest private museums in the world and owned by one of the royal family members– Sheikh Faisal. The Museum showcases 15,000 historical pieces ranging from traditional Qatari artifacts, old-timers from all over the world to paintings, international art and cars.
From there, you will head to the camel training and race track and witness camels being trained (sometimes only) or take a walk around the area and also you might be lucky see camels in their natural environment.
Aspire Park is located in Aspire Zone, in the southern district of Baaya in Doha, Qatar. It covers an area of 88 hectares and it is Doha's biggest park. It is a great place to have picnics and family outdoors while overlooking the Aspire Tower, especially at night.