Racing camels dazzle spectators at Al Dhafra Festival
Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi - Camels are slow? You have to come to Al Gharbia and watch the Heritage Camel Race. The Desert Ship has never ceased to surprise us: Camels travel long distances, they can endure the scorching sun, move smoothly between sand dunes, and run, run fast.
A visitor from Tunisia, Mohammed Ali, was among the many spectators who came from different countries to attend the race organized as part of the events of the Al Dhafra Festival, "I love camels," he said. "In Tunisia, we have the Marathon of Mahari organized as part of the International Festival of Douz. It's so amazing to know that Bedouins, here and in North Africa, have the same customs and traditions, and the same love and respect for camels."
Also present was a large number of visitors from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The competition was tough in the three laps for the UAE nationals and the three laps for participants from the Gulf Cooperation Council.
In the first category of the laps for UAE nationals, Hamad Mohammad Khafan Al Mazrouei secured the first position, and was followed by Khalfan Jumaa Obeid in second position, and Nasser Mohammad Khalfan Al Mazrouei in third position.
In the second category, Yahya Ali Saeed Al Malaouei came first, and was followed by Khamees Ali Saeed Al Malaouei in second position, and Mesbah Mohammed Salem Al Khateri in third position.
In the third category, Mohammad Saeed Al Kutbi won the first position, and was followed by Salem Hamad Shameel Al Rashidi in second position and Saeed Mubarak Al Abd Al Nuaimi in third position.
Concerning the laps for participants from the Gulf Cooperation Council, the results of the first category revealed the victory of 20-year-old Omani Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Hamad Al Umri, who was followed by Hamad Bakheet Saeed Al Uwaissi in second position, and Malek Bin Hamad Bin Hameed Al Hashemi in third position.
In the second category, Taresh Bin Mohammad Nasser Al Umri secured the top position, followed by Saleem Haliss Al Uwaissi in second position, and Hatheeth Bin Hamood Al Uwaissi in third position.
In the third category, Salah Daghish Bin Salem Al Uwaissi came first, and was followed by Salef Bin Hamad Al Waheebi in second position, and Salem Bin Hamad Al Haribi in third position.
The laps for participants from the Gulf Cooperation Council witnessed a high participation on the part of Omani nationals. Among the participants were also Qataris, and Saudis.
The Arab Heritage Camel Race provides another opportunity to see camels in action outside the Mazayna Beauty Contest. The idea consists in showing that camels are not only beautiful, but also fast. Despite the advance of technology and modernity, camels still reign over the vast deserts and enjoy the love and respect of the Emirati people and Bedouins in general.