Qatar – The wildlife scenes create a unique spectacle

Home to a variety of unique ecosystems, Qatar makes the perfect habitat for a plethora of diverse wildlife species that thrive in warmer temperatures in and around the terrains of the country. From hosting humble migration hubs for flamingos to facilitating safe nesting areas for sea turtles the wildlife scenes in Qatar create a compelling spectacle for its visitors.

Arabian Oryx

With long spear-like horns, sharp and contrasting markings laid, the Arabian Oryx, is one of four species of antelope that lives in harsh desert environment and is native to the Arabian Peninsula. The national animal of Qatar, Oryx.

Falcons, Qatar’s pride!

Hook beaked and sharp visioned, Falcons are birds of prey, recognized as a species of the hawk family with strong talons. Undoubtedly a crucial part of the rich heritage and culture of Qatar, Falcons are highly honored and celebrated as the national bird of the nation.

Fascinating flamingos

Every year during the winter season, hundreds of flamingos flock to Qatar’s shores on their annual migration from Europe and Siberia to Africa. From November to April, you can catch a glimpse of the Greater flamingo, the largest living species in the flamingo family, averaging 110-150cm tall.

Hawksbill turtle spotting

The idyllic setting of the Fuwairit beach has been gaining popularity in the past decade for the habitation of three different species of sea turtles that roam the region’s waters, particularly for the beautiful hawksbill turtle. The hawksbill turtle feeds on a plethora of marine delicacies available here, making it their favourite breeding spot in the country.

Whale sharks

Qatar is constant to the largest aggregations of hundreds of whale sharks in the country’s northeast coast every year, creating a fascinating sight to behold. They meander in warm and shallow sea waters of the Northern coasts of Qatar, located about 145 kilometres afar the shores of the capital city, Doha. Whale sharks appear in schools of over 100-150 fishes at a time.


The world’s second largest population of dugongs live in Qatar, with herds of 600-700 dugongs recorded in Qatar’s waters just recently. Dugongs may live in the sea, but they are not really fish. They are marine mammals, and it’s believed they made their first appearance in the waters of the Arabia Gulf approximately 7,500 years ago.