The beasts of burden symbolize the region, and currently nearly 30,000 of
them are making their way towards the town of Al Gharbia in Abu Dhabi,
to take part in the Al Dhaffra festival.
December 22, 2008 9:48 by kippreport
In its second year, the Al Dhaffra festival, called the world’s largest
camel festival, is a 13-day event that begins on December 23. It is
organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and, according
to authorities, aims to preserve the pedigree camels of the region, revive
interest in Arab folklore festivities, and promote camel trade in the
The festival includes the camel beauty contest, camel auctions, a
traditional bazaar, handicrafts market, dates presentation competition,
poetry contests, photo competitions and folklore music and dance.
Around AED 40 million in cash and prizes, including 140 cars, will be handed
out during the festival, which is expected to attract nearly 30,000 camels.
Last year, 15,000 camels took part.