First camel and horse auction set

ABU DHABI — The first live camel and horse auction in the world will be held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition which will start on September 12 this year, organisers said.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 5 Jul 2005, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

“Some 300 horses and 135 camels will be auctioned on the sidelines of the event,” said Mohammed Khalef Al Mazroui, Member of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Falconers Club and Chairman of the organising Committee.

The show will be held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Elaborating on the first camel and horse mart in the world, Mazroui said that this novelty should not come as surprise because camel and horse races are popular sports in the region and must therefore be promoted through various activities, including auctioning. “The event will add a special flamboyance to the exhibition,” he said.

“Like falconry, camel and horse races are closer to the hearts of millions of Arabs. They are associated with the qualities of courage, valour and knighthood. They are also age-old sports which have been handed down from one generation to other,” said Mazroui.

The auctioning will be organised in conjunction with Al Hejen Research Centre, which made an unprecedented scientific achievement recently when its medical team successfully delivered the world’s first test tube camel, using in vitro fertilisation technique. (Al Hejen is Arabic word for camel).

The delivery was a culmination of four years of laborious research in a bid to improve camelidae through she camels only and by using the embryo transfer technique. The achievement was described as unprecedented worldwide.

With that breakthrough, the UAE became the first country in the world to successfully apply the embryo transfer technique. There were 14 similar cases of pregnant camels at the Centre when the breakthrough was announced.

According to experts at the Suweihan-based Centre, the benefits from the application of such a technique are many. One of them is that it will help in breeding camels, particularly in saving a certain specimen of camels in the event of their illness or death.

The centre which has gained international reputation was set up in 1989 on the directives of Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also Chairman of Emirates Camel Racing Federation and Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the aim of promoting camel research and breeding. The centre will participate at the exhibition to showcase the latest technologies in the field of camelidae. As for horses, most them will be offered by leading world staple owners but many of them will be of the Arabian pedigrees. The organising committee will distribute a prospectus containing information on all the horses, including their pedigrees and achievements. The horse auctioning will be attended by many leading names, thanks to the expertise of the Emirates Equestrian Society.

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