The excitement is building to fever pitch in the UAE’s Western Region:
An Emirati camel from the Assile category was crowned as the camel that yields the most milk in the Hallaba competition organised prior to Al Dhafra Festival, which will kick off on December 16 in Madinat Zayed in Al Gharbia (the Western Region).
The festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Hallaba competition started on Saturday and will conclude today.
The camel named Deri’a and owned by Emirati Obaid Naseeb Atiq Al Subousi, came in the first place with 11.7kg of milk. It competed against Omani, Saudi and Yemani camels.
The camel Hamra, owned by Omani Mubarak Mohammad Bakheit Al Sha’sha’I, yielded 11.353kg milk and was runner up. Camel Bin Dhaiban, owned by Emirati Salih Marzouq Al Ameri giving 11.485kg milk, was third.
This action-packed and thrilling event was only a foretaste of the hijinks and merriment still to come at the Al Dhafra Festival, “a celebration of the camel and its role in the life of the people of the region … centred on the Camel Beauty contest”.
(Incidentally, can anyone explain why the third-place camel produced more milk than the second-placed one?)