Huge preparations for Abu Dhabi’s Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage says initial preparations for Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival expected to be finished by end of week.
ABU DHABI - The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) putting its final touches for the ‘Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival 2008’ as part of its efforts to promote local folklore through cultural events in Abu Dhabi.
The festival, which will take place during the first week of April (2nd-5th) in Zayed City in the Western Province, includes a rare ‘camel beauty contest’, singing shows, display of UAE handcrafts, and other activities.
The event, held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, is dedicated to special shows for ‘Asayel’ (pedigree) and ‘Majahim’ (dark-skinned).
Mazrouei said the ‘Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival 2008’ aims to help in preserving the UAE’s national folklore and ensuring that it will pass to future generations, as purebred camels had and will continue to play an important part in traditional Arab life.
The camels would be divided into age groups and owners can participate with more than one camel as long as they prove the ownership of those camels. The participating camels are required to be of a purebred origin and free of any contagious disease or serious defects.