The Importance Of Camels In The Culture Of The United Arab Emirates

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The United Arab Emirates is traditionally well-known for its attachments to camel, they are also known as one of the iconic symbols in the culture of the UAE. Camels have played a significant role in the lives of the Emirati people for centuries, and they are also known as one the very few animals that are able to survive through harsh conditions in the desert. In the past, the Bedouins or the nomads were mostly dependent on camels for their essential needs. However, camels still play an important role in the society of the UAE, with many Bedouins still owning and using for their daily life. Why camels are called the ships of the desert? Camels are named as the ships of the desert, because they have always been valued as a mode of transport. The camel has provided as a means of transport across the desert. Camels are known for being able to survive for several days without water. They can also provide food for themselves by roaming around the desert; they are also capable of feats that are of great strength. The camel became known as the “ship of the desert” by providing the Emirati Bedouin nomads a way of transportation, by moving them from place to place to search for both food and water. In the earlier…show more content…
In the early times, when Bedouin families visited each other, the men used to usually have a small race or ardha before entering their tents to meet the people and share coffee. Today, camel racing is still considered as one of the important activities in the Bedouin and Emirati lifestyle. Currently, there are approximately, 14,000 active racing camels in different parts of the UAE. The camels are supposed to be trained and taken care of by large numbers of people for racing. The former president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed AlNahyan, endorsed camel racing in the UAE, and provided the financial support for the citizens, specifically the ones who are caretakers of the

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