The desert is truly spectacular at this time of year. It is easy to see why the locals set up winter camps here. The dunes stretch for miles in waves of golden sand. The Gulf in the distance gives a cooling effect this time of year. We saw the rare desert flower and we also had a remarkable opportunity to see a falcon.
The falcon is the National Symbol of Qatar. They are a prized bird used for hunting. There are falcon displays and competitions in the desert. This falcon was just hanging with a couple of Qatari boys -- watching the dune rides. Max and Simon said the falcon was much softer to touch and heavier than they expected.