Significant Animals in the Qatari Culture
Qatar is home to diverse wildlife animals that have significance in the culture and history of the country. Here’s an insight to just a few of them.
Camels are probably the most obvious animal that comes to mind when you think of Qatar. They were the mode of transportation back when the tribes roamed the deserts. There are a number of ways in which camels have adapted to be able to survive the desert conditions. Camels can last more than a week without drinking water and with the help of their humps which store fats, they are able to use this as a source of energy.
When the tribes would rest at night, the camels’ feets were tied with a rope to ensure that they would stay with the tribe. The black rope is what the Egal, worn on Qatari men’s heads, came to be today.
Falcons were historically used to help hunt for food. With their sharp vision, they are able to spot their prey from a distance and catch them with their cunning speed. The falcons in Qatar are brought in from colder countries such as Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan. During wintertime in these countries, the falcons would migrate to the warmer weathers of Qatar. Nowadays falconry is still practiced but as sport.
Imagine yourself getting lost in the desert, and suddenly you stumble across several tents. The tents are beautifully designed and hand woven with threads of black, red and white. Have you ever wondered if the ratio of the colours have any meaning? The white threads come from goat’s hair. The more white threads to black threads that a tent has, this signifies a wealthier family, as they would have owned more goats.
The Arabian horses are prized possessions and play a significant role in how the state of Qatar was founded. Used in battle, Sheikh Jasim bin Mohamed Al Thani united the Qatari tribes in the Battle of Al Wajbah to victoriously defeat the Ottomons.