>> It's a tradition held dear to many Qataris and comes with a soaring price tag, falconry. Many gathered for this week's auction of the rare majestic birds in Doha, where the bidding for some birds started at over $27,000. Falconeers are looking for size, training, and country of origin for the sport, which goes back centuries.
> We are keen to bring these birds to the Qatari market. It's part of holding on to our heritage and traditions that we try to preserve and promote among younger generations. Firstly, because it's the hobby of our ancestors, and secondly because it keeps the youth away from other hobbies that might be dangerous and not useful.
>> Centuries ago in the region Bedouin tribesmen used falcons to hunt for meat in the winter when the only food available were dates, camel milk and bread. Obviously food is more readily available today, but the tradition is kept alive. It's said prices get more reasonable outside of Doha.