The camel race tracks are on the way to the museum so we stopped on the way. It wasn't a race day, but it's still cool to see all the camels training on the tracks.
|Camels training on the track|
|Parking lot full of Toyota Landcruisers ... prizes to the first 10 camels of every race. |
They give away a lot of Landcruisers! Plus $40,000 cash.
After driving around the camel tracks, we arrived at the museum at 9:15 for our 9:30 appointment, but our guide wasn’t there. We wandered around on our own while we awaited her arrival. By nearly 11am, I was pretty disappointed. The guide finally arrived, but we didn’t have much time before we had to leave to pick up Nicholas from school. We tagged along with a small group, but weren’t too impressed with their guide’s knowledge of the museum, so we started to leave.
Dad had a question about one of the cars and another guy that clearly worked for the museum answered him and showed him the cars up close. Turns out the man was second in charge of the museum after Sheikh Faisal himself!. He opened up the private VIP room and even opened up some of the cases so we could touch 400 year old rugs woven in gold and silver thread! It was unbelievable!! The highlight for me was touching the $10M fabric ribbon that surrounds the kaaba in Mecca. I can’t believe he let us touch these things!!!
|Entrance to Sheik Faisal's Museum. It's looks like a massive castle in the middle of the desert.|
|One of the inner courtyards to the museum|
|Fossil of a dinosaur head - can you see it's mouth full of teeth?|
|Dad standing in the car gallery|
|House from Damascas that was taken apart stone by stone and reconstructed in the museum|
|Inside the reconstructed house|
|200 yr old chest - all inlaid with ivory|
|This "camel taxi / tent" is made entirely of gold and silver thread. |
It was so heavy, I could barely lift the fabric!
|This is the $10M fabric banner (gold and silver thread) that wrapped around the Kaaba in Mecca.|
|And finally, Qatari wedding clothing ... do you see me hiding behind a niqab (the face mask worn by many Qatari women)?|