The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, as an environmental partner, is participating in the third edition of the Qatar Camel Festival “Jazilat Al Atta” 2024, which will be held from January 13 to 17 February 2024, in addition to establishing a special pavilion for the Ministry in the festival activities area in Lebsayer Square in Al Sheehaniya.
The pavilion, which is supervised by the “Rawdat Al Faras” Center for the breeding of the “Houbara” bird affiliated to the Foreign State Reserve Office, aims to introduce the visitors of the Qatar Camel Festival to the Ministry’s efforts in preserving the environment and preserving its biodiversity, and introducing them to the stages of production and breeding of the “Houbara” bird, in addition to raising awareness of the importance of the decision to ban the grazing of camels, sheep and goats in the country, and its reflection in the preservation and safeguarding of wildlife and the return of the growth of local trees, which contributes to enriching the Qatari environment.
In this context, Mr. Hamad bin Jaber Al Athba, President of the Qatar Camel Fashion Club and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Qatar Camel Festival, praised the efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in supporting the festival, as an environmental partner, and establishing its own pavilion in the events area, which contributed to enriching the accompanying activities, praising the Ministry’s efforts in its fruitful cooperation with the organizing committee, facilitating the process of obtaining all the necessary permits for the establishment of the festival and the accompanying camps, and its keenness to preserve the environment and wildlife in the surrounding area.
Mr. Hamad bin Jaber Al Athba stressed that the Ministry’s pavilion contributes significantly to raising awareness of the importance of preserving the local environment and its wide biodiversity, as the pavilion displays models of a large number of animals of the Qatari environment, and raises awareness of the dangers facing these animals, in addition to displaying the “Houbara” birds and methods of breeding and preserving them, which are considered one of the most important birds associated with the Qatari heritage.
For his part, Mr. Hamad Yaqoub Al Rumaihi, Assistant Director of the Office of Foreign State Reserves, said: “The pavilion of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change plays an important role in informing the public about the efforts made in preserving endangered local animals and birds, and raising awareness of the importance of preserving and protecting the Houbara bird, as this bird represents a great value in the Qatari heritage.”.
Mr. Hamad Al Rumaihi explained that the Office of Foreign State Reserves contributes through this pavilion to introducing and raising awareness of the great effort made by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in the production and breeding of the “Houbara” bird, through the establishment of many centers inside and outside the country specialized in the production of this bird, and the Ministry also carries out many initiatives and programs that contribute to the preservation of this bird, through the establishment of workshops and lectures to introduce the methods of its production, and train those interested in using the best means and equipment. He pointed out that these workshops are attended by a large number of local producers, who have started to produce the houbara bird locally, thanks to the support provided by the ministry to them.
For his part, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Mohannadi, Assistant Director of the Office of Foreign State Reserves for Technical Affairs, said that the pavilion of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change contributes to educating camel festival visitors about the laws and decisions issued by the State and the Ministry to protect biodiversity in the State of Qatar.
Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Mohannadi pointed out that the Ministry’s pavilion introduces the production centers of the “Houbara” bird of the Office of Foreign State Reserves, as well as the modern and different production methods carried out by these centers in order to produce the bird, and release it into the wild to return to its natural environment, as a national heritage of the State of Qatar, in addition to its role in maintaining the ecological balance, pointing out that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change plays a major role in raising awareness among the local community of the importance of these organisms in our environment, and the importance of adhering to the decisions of the State. Not to be exposed to them or kill them, and to work to protect and preserve them.