The 4th Al Dhafrah Camel Festival started on Thursday 16 December 2010 and is expected to draw thousands of visitors — and more than 20,000 camels vying for the Dh35 million prize for the most beautiful camel in the Mazayin Camel Beauty Competition. The yearly festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) and will run until December 25.
“This year’s edition is expected to be just as great as the previous festivals. The atmosphere at the festival is wonderful, with participants and visitors contributing to the overall positivity of the event,” Mubarak Musallam Al Mansouri, a member of the Mazayin Judging Committee, said.
The Festival will take place in Zayed City in Al Gharbia (the Western Region). The Festival will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Director General of ADACH said that the Festival is an important occasion that assists in the revival of the deep-rooted heritage and traditions of the Arab World. It immortalizes these traditions in the collective memory, and the generous sponsorship of the event by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is praised.
The Festival includes many other traditional events, such as the Hallab Competition (for the camel that produces the most milk) the date packaging competition, the Nabati poetry contest, the photography competition and the cooking contest. There are also various traditional activities dedicated to children and school students, as well as a Traditional Market which displays handicrafts from the UAE region.
Date: Until Saturday, December 25
Where: Madinat Zayed
Camel beauty competition: 7am – 6pm
Traditional Market: 10am – 8pm with children’s activities beginning from 4pm
Contact: 050 944 3388 for guided tours