While Saudi Arabia is home to many things eclectic, royal, and opulent, it is also home to the biggest camel sport event in the world. Crown Prince Camel Festival is back and will go on until September 14. By Kumar Shree
The Crown Prince Camel Festival, world’s biggest camel sporting event is back in 2019 and is being organised in the camel village at Taif, Saudi Arabia. This year, Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Musaed, President of the Saudi Camel Federation also unveiled the statue of a Camel at the festival. This statue is said to be the largest ever and can be witnessed at the King Faisal Park in Taif.
The ongoing Crown Prince Camel Festival, also known as the Saudi Camel Festival, is one-of-its-kind event that allows an insight into the life and culture of the country, as camels are an integral part of the Middle-Eastern life and their ways. The event will witness a participation of around 12,000 camels that come down from different parts of Middle East like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf and Arab countries, as well.
These camels compete against each other in events spread across 439 categories, which amounts to a total prize money of USD 11.2 million. It is because of the ongoing festival that Taif, the place where this event is being held is enjoying a great influx of tourists. While camels are the main attraction during this event, their owners accompanying them also make for a spectacle as their enthusiasms and running emotions are a sight to behold. The hot favourite out of all the events at this festival is the Camel racing, which is also the traditional sport here. Every owner wants their camel to win the grand prize!
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