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Camels a Common Sight for World Cup Visitors (Photos + Video)

December 4, 2022

DOHA, Qatar — Two weeks into the first World Cup in the Middle East, fewer teams are at the tournament and some fans are starting to make long journeys home.

But there is still plenty to see and do in Qatar for those who remain.

Camels are a common sight in Doha. In front of Qatari government palace Amiri Diwan, guards ride camels to patrol the area with the city’s glittering skyline as a backdrop.

Guards ride their camels outside the Amiri Diwan in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
People watch a fireworks display as part of the World Cup soccer tournament FIFA fan festival on Doha corniche, in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A porter waits for customers at the Souq Waqif Market in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

In a dusty lot on the fringes of the Souq Waqif bazaar in the capital, dozens of camels rest as herders try to draw in tourists for photos with the animals. There’s even a camel beauty pageant called the Mzayen World Cup outside Doha.

Besides camel-watching, the golden sand and warm turquoise waters are a big draw for those who live in colder climates and for the locals.

At Katara Beach in Doha, a group of local men pray with their backs to the coastline. Women sit on swings at a beach in Al Khor in northern Qatar.

At night, fireworks light up the sky near the official fan festival as people watch from across the bay. Tourists can also take a boat trip to admire the sunset over the West Bay skyline in Doha.

Men pray in Katara beach, Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A woman stands in Katara beach, Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A camel shepherd takes a break in Doha, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Camel parade with flags during a pageant at the Qatar camel Mzayen Club, in Ash- Shahaniyah, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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