Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:57 am (KSA) 08:57 am (GMT)

UAE man pays $6.45 million for three camels

A man holds the ropes of a camel during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival
A man holds the ropes of a camel during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival

An Emirati splurged a whopping 24 million dirhams ($6.47 million) for three camels, including one which cost $2.72 million, at an auction in the desert near Abu Dhabi, an AFP photographer said.

The auction was held Tuesday at the Dhafra Festival for Camels and was attended by the biggest camel owners in the Gulf, among them princes and tribal dignitaries.

The other two camels cost United Arab Emirates national Hamdan bin Ghanem around $2.4 million and $1.35 million respectively.

Citizens of Gulf countries are passionate about camel racing, which is considered a national sport and tradition.

At the festival, competitions are held for the best camel meat and camel milk dishes, and for the best poem written about camels.

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