Two camels fetch Dh200,000 each

ABU DHABI — It was not just any ordinary camel sale.


Silvia Radan

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Published: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 11:01 PM

Last updated: Tue 9 Jul 2024, 12:52 PM

Organised by the Veterinary Research Centre (VRC) in Swaihan, all camels auctioned at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) arena were pedigreed, bred from some of the fastest racing camels through embryo implantation. Hence, it was no surprise that people paid Dh500 as registration fee and Dh10,000 as deposit to enter the only camel auction in the four-day event which happened on Thursday night.

“Jabar was the most famous camel, but he is very old now, so we are using his offsprings, who are also very good at racing,” Dr Abdul Haq Andouassi, chief veterinarian at VRC,

Fifteen camels, all under a year old, were brought for the auction. Starting prices were Dh20,000 for male camels and Dh30,000 for females. Two camels were sold for Dh200,000 each. The lowest price was Dh120,000, and the total sales reached Dh2.16 million.

“We used to have more than one auction earlier, but now clients want the auction to be held at Al Wathba, where people from all over the Gulf gather for the camel race,” explained Dr Andouassi. One of the largest camel races in the Gulf, Al Wathba event, along with the VRC auction, will take place in April next year. The sale is expected to fetch millions of Dirhams.

The money made from these auctions is used for further research at VRC. Established in 1990 with the support of Shaikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Centre has two main sections — the Veterinary Laboratory and the Camel Breeding centre.
Over 2,200 pedigree racing camels have been bred here so far.

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