In the Middle East, Doha, Qatar, winter camping has emerged as more than just a seasonal activity. It’s a cultural rendezvous, a blend of tradition and modernity, where the desert’s serene landscape becomes a canvas for memories.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, recognizing the activity’s growing allure, has taken commendable steps to enhance the camper’s experience.
The Ministry has introduced a streamlined registration process for the 2023-24 winter camping season, which started last October 22 . Campers are now required to create accounts with the National Authentication System, a testament to the government’s commitment to ensuring an organized and efficient camping experience.
This digital transformation not only simplifies the registration process but also ensures that all campers adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Ministry.
Families and groups of friends come together, basking in the cooler temperatures, partaking in activities like dune bashing, and barbecues, and enjoying traditional music and dance performances under the starlit desert sky. The essence of Qatari culture is palpable in the air, making it a unique experience for both locals and tourists.
The designated camping areas, equipped with modern amenities, ensure that campers have a comfortable stay. But more than comfort, the Ministry emphasizes the preservation of the environment.
The guidelines set by the Ministry are a reflection of their commitment to ensuring that the natural beauty of the desert remains untarnished, preserved for future generations to experience and cherish.
In addition to online registration, the Ministry has made provisions for in-person registration at committee offices in all camping areas. This move ensures that everyone, regardless of their digital proficiency, can be a part of this cultural phenomenon.
The registration process for in-person attendance at external departments of the ministry will be open from November 1 to 10, subject to available spaces.
To further its commitment to the environment, the Ministry will hold an awareness camp in the Sealine area of Khor Al Adeid Reserve. This camp, dedicated to environmental awareness, will feature various programs, competitions, and the distribution of plant seedlings and seeds to campers. Over 2,000 plant seedlings and 2,000 packets of seeds from local trees will be distributed, promoting green initiatives among campers.