The camping season in Qatar kicks off by early November, when thousands flock to the desert and beaches, setting up traditional tents and caravans specially prepared for the purpose.
The season, characterised by moderate weather, turns some areas into tourist destinations that attract thousands of citizens, residents and visitors to the country from different parts of the world.
The season is also filled with many activities and events.
The camping season attracts thousands of Qatari families who head to the desert and the beautiful sandy beaches.
Thousands of visitors also attend this winter-spring event and enjoy the wonderful weather and watch performances and activities that usually accompany the season, such as horse and camel rides, beach buggy and barbecue nights.
The number of camps that are booked annually by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment exceeds 2,500 each season. The number of camping areas have increased this year to more than 30 compared to 17 last year.
In its keenness to enhance the comfort and safety of the people, the authorities have introduced many measures that must be followed during the camping season to ensure the preservation of the environment. The steps by the authorities include the opening of HMC's medical clinic and an ambulance point that operates round-the-clock with all equipment and medicines available to treat emergency cases. It has also built a helipad for air ambulances.
The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corp (Kahramaa) has provided seasonal stations to fill water tanks to provide safe drinking water for camping visitors.
The country takes great efforts in raising awareness among the public about safety practices in recreational areas, encouraging them to abide by safety guidelines, and urging them to take the necessary preventive measures when indulging in recreational activities in these areas.
The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs organises educational programmes for campers during the weekends at various places to promote positive behaviour during camping, especially among the youth.
Qatar has a huge coastline with numerous beautiful beaches, which provides ample space to choose a camping site.
Among the prominent ones is the Sealine Beach on the eastern coast south of Mesaieed city.
Khor Al Udaid, about 60km from Doha, is also one of the most important tourism sites in Qatar, and one of the destinations that attract campers and visitors of the country, throughout the year.
Considering the role of the camping season in promoting tourism, Qatar has laid great emphasis on tourism activities of a traditional and cultural nature.