Since moving to Qatar, I have had more dates than ever. And I’m not talking about playdates, dates with friends or date nights with my husband. Dates as in the dried fruit. I probably never realized how delicious they are and how important they are to this region.
Obviously we are living in a complete new culture that is a bit foreign to us, so when we get invitations to explore the local Qatari culture, we usually accept. Our most recent invitation was to see four teams return from the desert after hunting antelope, bustards and Karawan. These teams take part in a tournament called the Al Galayel. The teams of 6 to 8 members, complete with salukis, camels and falcons, compete in 4 heats over 900 square kilometers in the southern desert of Qatar. After 4 days in the desert, they returned back to be greeted by their friends and families, and us! The tournament is actually televised as well, showing the rich heritage of Qataris, and the skills that they have being out in the desert.
We were invited by the American Women’s Association here in Qatar, and drove out to the border of Saudi Arabia to meet these teams. It was definitely a sight not to be missed. Enjoy the pictures! (Where apparently we were also being photographed and posted about!)
Living now in an Islamic country means we have an entire new culture to respect. One being their laws about alcohol. When comparing to where we have lived, the ability to purchase and drink alcohol has ranged from one end of the spectrum to the other.