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'Camel beauty contest' kicks off in Abu Dhabi

Over 1200 camel owners gathered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital Saturday to participate in the a camel 'beauty contest', WAM news agency reported quoting officials.

world Updated: Jan 30, 2010 20:37 IST

Over 1200 camel owners gathered in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital Saturday to participate in the a camel 'beauty contest', WAM news agency reported quoting officials.

The contest known locally as "Camel Mazayen" is one of the activities of Al Dhafra Festival organised annually by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) at Zayed City in Al Gharbia (the Western Region).

The third session of the festival will last till Feb 8 with activities representing UAE's cultural heritage.

"In this year's session, over 1200 camel owners will be participating in the Mazayna with forty-two races to take place and 28,000 camels to take part in them," said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, director general of ADACH and Chairman of the High Organising Committee of the festival.