AP PHOTOS: Camels a common sight for World Cup visitors

Dec 3, 2022, 10:24 AM | Updated: Dec 4, 2022, 12:38 am
A guard rides his camels outside the Amiri Diwan in Doha, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha ...

A guard rides his camels outside the Amiri Diwan in Doha, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

              Camels rest outside the Souq Waqif market during the World Cup, in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
            
              Cars queue in a traffic jam in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              Guards pause with their camels outside the Amiri Diwan in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              A child looks at the goods sold at a souvenir shop at the Souq Waqif Market in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              A woman wearing traditional clothing walks as a drone display shows the likeness of the World Cup soccer trophy in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              The sun sets behind an Islamic star and crescent at the Al-Shamal stadium in Al-Ruwais, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
            
              People sit on a boat as the sun sets over the West Bay skyline in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
            
              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)
            
              People sit and swim at Katara Beach, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
            
              A camel shepherd takes a break in Doha, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
            
              Visitors look at boats carrying the flags of teams participating in the World Cup at Katara Beach during soccer tournament, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
            
              A man swipe a street of a market in downtown Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Guards ride their camels outside the Amiri Diwan in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              Fisher work on their boats in Al-Ruwais, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
            
              A barber shaves a customer at a narrow ally at the Souq Waqif Market, in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              People walk at the Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
            
              People sit to wait for fireworks 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 balloon vender waits for customers at the Souq Waqif Market, in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              A man serves a drink at a tea house at the Souq Waqif Market in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              Women visit a beach during the World Cup soccer tournament, in Jor, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              A man holds a falcon in a terrace of a bar in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
            
              A porter waits for customers at the Souq Waqif Market in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
            
              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)
            
              A woman stands in Katara beach, Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
            
              Men pray in Katara beach, Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
            
              A guard rides his camels outside the Amiri Diwan in Doha, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — 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.

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.

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