These birds of prey were used originally by Bedouins to hunt game, providing an important addition to their diets. In Qatar today, the tradition of falconry remains a major sporting activity during the hunting season from October to March. During the off-season, owners and falcons continue with training exercises. Its incredible eyesight allows the falcon to lock onto its prey; it can fly at speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour and dives at twice that rate. An important bond is created between owners and falcons, and the birds are treated with great care and respect.
Although smaller in scale than in previous years, fishing continues to be a source of trade in Qatar. In addition to shrimp, lobster and crab, the most popular fish in the area are the hammour. This deep-water grouper is high in calcium and iron. You can watch the daily catch being unloaded on the Corniche or visit the fish souq (market) to purchase some of the treasures from the sea.