Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara Cultural Village, inaugurated this week the Katara International Racing Pigeon Exhibition.

Delegates from about 17 countries are participating and at least 3,350 pigeons are on show.

According to Dr Al Sulaiti, the international pigeon show is the largest platform in the Middle East which brings together amateurs and companies specialising in the trade. The exhibition is in cooperation with the International Federation of Pigeons. This is the first time that this exhibition is being held in an Arab country.

The Katara homing pigeon race started earlier this weekend, 15 February. 1,100 pigeons participated, and the first 40 will be chosen to win valuable prizes.

The exhibition was aimed at making Qatar a hub for homing pigeons in the Middle East. Dr Al Sulaiti said he is confident that Qatar will enter the map of the homing pigeon Olympics in 2021 because of its geographical position. Qatar is at the centre of the homing pigeon Olympiad from Asia and Europe.

The exhibition includes several other activities that will give participants an opportunity to meet representatives from various international companies and exchange knowledge and experiences. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors to learn more about the homing pigeon sport.