Monday, 31 October 2016

Camel-A Symbol of Arab Culture

Camel is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Arab Culture. The relation of camel and Arab heritage is centuries old. You must have noticed how proudly Arabs own this animal if you have ever visited Desert Safari Abu Dhabi. The non breaking bond between camels and Arabs is getting stronger and it seems that Arab heritage is incomplete without it. Arab folk tales tells us about camels and their importance in the lives of Arabs. It was the symbol of wealth and prosperity and camel owners held a special place in society. More number of camels meant more respect and value in the tribe.

Camels were a crucial part of wars and their presence were taken as weapon. Arabs used to travel hundreds of kilometers to find the expensive and superior races of camels in order to get high speed in the war. No event or ceremony was completed without it and people used to give them to their guests as a gift. Prosperous parents gave them to their daughters in dowry and war slaves were used camels as an indemnity for their freedom. Camels were given or sacrificed for Zakat and other religious purposes.

Pilgrims have been using camels a mode of transportation for centuries and a still many people reach Makkah in ancient agriculture culture, riding the camels. The camel race held in desert safari Abu Dhabi isn’t a new tradition as Arabs have been following it for centuries. Arabs give special attention to the growth and production of camel industry. The survey reports show that only in United Arab Emirates the n umber of camels is around 178,000. Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage is responsible for taking care of this asset. They have taken several initiatives for the production of the better breed of camels by securing them from Congo virus and such kind of other diseases.

Dromedary and Bactrian are the two common types of camels in Desert Safari Abu Dhabi. They are recognized by their humps. The former has one hump while the later has two humps.  The name of the camel depends on its age, .i.e. Hewar, Fateem, Haj, Liggi, Yethea, and Thani are the names of one year, two years, three years, four years, five years, and six years old camels respectively.  Nagah is also the name of six year old female camel and Baeer of the same age male camel.

Camel role of camel isn’t negligible in livestock. Arabs eats its meat and drink its milk. Its milk holds a great value due to the nutritious importance and used as medicine for different diseases. Nowadays, the livestock of UAE is more progressed than it had ever in the past. Misk, Dhabian, and Shtoota breed are being exported to other countries while theses breeds are widely being used for accomplishing the food needs. Bedouin families are still using camels as transportation and you can see them traveling from one place to another in Abu Dhabi Desert Safari.


Irrespective of the charms and luxurious vehicles, you can’t put aside the role of camel in the Arab culture and their no festival or feast is complete without it. Modern and adventurous sports (dune bashing and ski) couldn’t reduce the importance of camel trekking. Tourists love camel ride and enjoy it in the same way as they enjoy adventurous activities. The passion of tourists is worth seeing during camel race which held every year in Al Ain and attended by thousands of camel marketers from all over the world. Someone has rightly said that the camel is the ship of desert and jewel of Arab culture.

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