Camel milk’s demand is ever increasing among the nontraditional consumers, mostly on health ground. The camel milk is rich with certain molecules which are health promising, therefore, camel milk is known as natural pharmacy. New camel dairies are emerging and the already established firms are increasing their camel number and buying elite camel genetics for milk. The are some very important camel milk contests in different parts of the UAE in different time periods. Alwathba camel festival with the milk competition is one of them. I attended the contest of Alwathba and compiled some important information. I share it in the this blog with the camel lover people.
Each year there are many camel milk contests in different parts of the camel habitats but the most prominent and unique one is Alwathab, AbuDhabi, UAE.
There are mainly 3 groups of camels in contest
Majaheem or Hazmi: Found in KSA, UAE and Oman and extends up to the Yemen.
Mahajen (Cross of Arabi and Majaheem): Mainly found in the adjoining areas of Hazmi and Arabi
Arabi: Mainly found in UAE and Oman
The interest in milking camels is ever increasing. Camel is a real treasure, whatever you want to search you will find. The people are treasuring the milk of the camel.
Camel is one of the important livestock and a great player in the food security, livelihood insurance, and the sports’ world. The camel is the inseparable part of the heritage and cultures of the desert ecosystemS, especially the Arabian peninsula.
The value of camel as a sports’ animal, especially racing is well recognized and understood. The camel racing is held in different parts of the world with their local rules and norms. On the other hand, there are very specialized and established rules and regulations for camel racing in the Arabian Peninsula.
United Arab Emirates has always played a leading role in the formalization of the modern camel racing. There are many regular camel racing events in different periods of the year, which attracts many more tourist to see this heart touching game of camel racing. I must appreciate that the UAE is also the world’s top leading camel milk (CaM) producing country.
Keeping the pace of the great role in the camel’s world, UAE made it possible to establish the first founding meeting of the Asian Camel Racing Associations. The foundation meeting was held in Alwathba, Abu Dhabi, 27-29 June 2019.
Foundation General Assembly Meeting of the Asian Camel Association
The first day
The statutes of the Asian Camel Racing Federation (ACRF)’s proposed draft was discussed and finalized to be presented in the general assembly for approval.
The second day
The general assembly of the ACRF was held and the organizing body was announced. The body will be formally announced by the authority of the ACRF.
I hope ACRF will bring successes in the camel world of the region. The regional camel associations will be supported to be strengthen at local level and organize camel racing under the statutes and regulations of the ACRF.