Friday, July 02, 2010

Camel Beauty

Have you ever been to a camel beauty pageant??? Well, let me take you there.

Each year more than 2000 camel owners from throughout the Middle East Region bring together more than 24,000 camels to participate in the Al Dhafra Camel Festival held in the deserts of the Western Region of the United Arab Emirates.

The festival seeks to highlight Bedouin culture, activate heritage tourism, as well as activate economic movement in this remote region, while highlighting the UAE handicrafts that reflect Bedouin heritage.

As far as the eye can see, tents and camels blanket the desert. It's a family event. It's the Bedouin women who keep the traditions and skills alive and who make the colorful decorations that you see adorning the tents and camels. We are eager to see all the events and to view the camels to see if we can pick a winner. They are just as curious about us and in the end we get up close and personal!

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