I am always looking for interesting things to do on the weekends. Earlier this week I read in a local magazine that there was a Camel Festival occurring near Al Ain. I was very curious about it, so I talked some friends into trying to find the festival with me. We headed out today toward Sweihan (which is between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi) looking for the festival.
Luckily, there were signs (with a camel on it) pointing the way. We arrived in time to see a Camel Beauty Contest. When we first arrived the camels were standing in a pen-like area attached to individual poles. This was apparently how/where the camels were judged.
A little while later, after the arrival of HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed (this was his event after all), the camels were paraded in front of the audience. Then they were placed into smaller pens based on their place in the contest (1-10).
HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed visited each of the ten camels’ pens, with a large crowd following, after the winners were announced. The men related to the camel who won second place were dancing in the pen, and both first and second place camels had their heads covered with saffron. Then, just as we were about to leave, we found out that this particular contest was for pregnant camels!