QatarGas Train 6 - 650 million ft^3/day gas
The Museum of Islamic Arts, Doha Qatar
View of downtown Doha from the Museum of Islamic Arts
Our first viewpoint after 30 min of dune bashing!
Our Vertical Descent - It was Crazy
Across the Inland Sea is Saudi Arabia. Hamad informed us that in 1993 Saudi Arabia took the sea from the Qatari's.
Sarah is enjoying herself in Saudi
Sarah & her camels
We went swimming in the Lagoon. As you disturbed the plankton the water would light up.
Our Canadian & Irish friends - Corry, Alan, Nolan, Darren, Nick & Curtis.
Sarah & Alan hanging out on the top deck during our dhow cruise, downtown Doha in the background.
Alan's coming back around to pick up his wounded passenger (Stephen)
The smaller camel is the racing camel.
The camels wait for their turn to race.
They are preparing to load the starting gate
Some live in comfort while others don't. A dangerous job without shoes.
Loading the starting gate
Video of them loading the gate, who gets the inside pole?
The starting gate has been loaded. Now as soon as the video camera arrives the gates will be opened, RACE ON!
Land Cruisers revving their engines, green flag racing! Are we at the camel races?
Race On! If you notice not all camels are facing forward, some sideways and usually 1 or two bite the dust in the cluster of a start.
The camels are off! A couple years ago they switched from human riders to robot riders. The titanium jockey's whip is controlled by an armchair jockey. 99% of the time that jockey is racing alongside in a Toyota Land Cruiser.
The Videographer is on the far side riding on top of a van. They have their own lane and the outer and inner lanes are fought over by the massive convoy of honking Land Cruisers.
Notice the Land Cruisers on each side of the track.
The start of the Camel Races! 1 camel fell during this start hence the lone camel coming out late. Notice the convoy of Land Cruisers and the hornes blaring. They fight for position more than the camels do.
And we're off! Get out the way the Mitsubishi Galant is here to stay
We are in the heat of the convoy. It was the first time Sarah and I had experienced an adrenaline rush watching animals race. We got cut off, pushed to the outside, made our way in, pushed out, etc etc. It was Nascar with Land Cruisers on the outside and camel races on the inside. By the way we were in a Mitsubishi Galant, the only car in the convoy.
The pen at the end of the track. The camels wait here until they are taken to the stables.