Thousands of tourists from around the world gathered in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where the international beauty contest among the camels. The prize Fund of the competition is 31 million USD.
50.000 four-legged participants from the Gulf States compete in beauty and hardiness. The judges meticulously assess the animal’s exterior. Camels are also waiting for a race at a distance of 20 kilometers.
The world’s largest camel fair started on March 19 and will continue until April 15. It has become part of the festival dedicated to the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula.
Note that the tradition to choose the most beautiful and well-bred camels has a lot of years, but usually such contests were held at desert camps.
For the first time the event is held at the state level. A patron of the festival became a Research Foundation named after king Abdulaziz, the Chairman of which is the son of the late monarch — king Salman.