We’re here to tell you about Australia’s feral camels.
Back in the 1800s, camels were imported into Australia from Arabia, India and Afghanistan to help explore the vast Australian Outback; and later, take supplies to people who lived there.Most of the camels are dromedaries (one hump).
But there were a few Bactrian. (two humps) When motor vehicles and trains came on the scene, the camels–about a thousand or so–were released into the wild.They flourished and the current population is around the million mark and cause major problems for land owners.(However, we’re not going to discuss that here.) In 1970, two mates in a pub–this seems to be a pattern here in Oz–made a bet as to whose camel would win a race.And since then, there is an annual Camel Race in Alice Springs–in the red centre of the continent.Tomorrow, July 13th will be the annual Lasseter’s Cup Camel Race.It’s a fundraiser for the town and there are lots of family events, besides the camel races.
Racing camels are brought from all over and though this start looks fairly organised, no one knows exactly what the camels will do!
Some refuse to move, some run and stop, some turn around…But that’s part of the fun!Maybe one of these years we’ll go.
In the region, camel hospitals are also found in Dubai and Qatar. The $10 million Dubai Camel Hospital (DCH) opened in December 2017 and was the second such center dedicated to camels in the region after Qatar opened a hospital and breeding center in 2015. DCH set to expand its capacity by 50 percent in 2019 to meet rising demand and the enlarged facilities would be able to treat more than 30 camels at once, Emirates 24/7 reported at the time.
A camel receives an injection before a foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. (Reuters)
“In recent years, camel dairy farming has evolved as an alternative to traditional dairy farming in the region. According to a recent report by the IMARC Group, the GCC camel dairy market was worth $447.9 million in 2018 and is projected to reach over $661 million by 2024, rising by 6.9% during 2019-2024,” an Emirates 24/7 article read.
Camels in the region have been used for centuries for food, transportation and have historically been used as currency. But today, camels are bred for racing. There are records of camel races dating back to the seventh century, but the business has become more organized in recent decades. In the UAE, the former ruler of Abu Dhabi, and founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan oversaw the construction of several racetracks, the New York Times reported.
Camel festivals attract thousands of visitors to watch races where millions of dollars trade hands as buyers look for the most attractive camels.
In 2018, nearly 26,000 camels participated in the Camel Mazayen contest at Saudi Arabia’s month-long King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Riyadh that crowns the most beautiful camel. Some owners even have plastic surgery performed on their animals, such as botox injected into the camel’s lips to make them appear fuller, but event organizers consider this inhumane, and do their best to monitor for such treatment of animals.
In 2011, there were an estimated 1.6 million camels in the Arabian Peninsula, with 53 percent found in Saudi Arabia, according to figures from the Food and Agricultural Organization. In the UAE, there are an estimated 300,000 camels.
A robot rides atop a camel during a camel race at the Kuwait Camel Race track in Kebd, Kuwait January 25, 2020. (Reuters)
For racing, human jockeys were once used, but as technology evolved and camel racers became aware of the dangers associated with riding, the switch was made to robots that now sit atop the camel as it runs.
Camels, like horses in the West, can go for a hefty sum for quality animals. Sale prices can range from $2,700 to around $815,000, the New York Times reported. Females tend to sell for more as they are faster, with CNN reporting that the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed paid $2.7 million for a female race camel at a beauty pageant.
Four camels are set to race four times over a flat furlong to mark the event’s 61st year. Jockeys will be wearing colourful Lawrence of Arabia style regalia in a sport most commonly seen in the Middle East and Australia.
Event chairman, Tom Eames said: â€œWe’ve got four camel races, each with four camels competing, and we’ve been inundated with riders willing to raise sponsorship in order to be jockeys and from businesses wanting to sponsor the camels.
â€œWe want to encourage as many people as possible to come point-to-point racing as it’s a great sport which people of all ages can enjoy.â€
Having tried his hand at camel racing a few years ago, Tom added: â€œRiding the camels is thrilling, even if I wasn’t sure who was in control, me or the camel.â€
After the camels, normal horse racing will continue into the afternoon with 6 races from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. I hope the horses are kept apart from the camels or they might get the hump!
Along with the races there will also be a bar, barbeque, trade stands and a bouncy castle to keep the children entertained.
Tickets are available at a cost of £20 per car (£10 for cars carrying just 1 person).
How fast can a camel run, do you think? (Hint: The animal is not exactly Formula One, but is heading towards that direction. Slowly. Or not.)
The answer is, pretty fast, since they even have special races organised to decide who’s the fastest camel around. Welcome to Oman!
Camel racing, this ancient Omani activity, is a very popular sport in the Sultanate of Oman, as it is in other Gulf countries. The annual National Camel Races Festival in Oman draws many excited participants and thousands of spectators.
Camels compete at speeds of up to 64 kilometres per hour on purpose-built tracks. In order to become the next Schumachers, they are carefully bred and have to go on a special highly nutritious diet.
Camels truly are interesting creatures. There are two types of them: Bactrian camels, which have two bumps, and Dromedary camels with only one bump. The Bactrians live in the harsh desert and rock conditions in Central and East Asia. Their siblings the Dromedaries (picture above) aka Arabian camels are the ones that race in Oman.
But is there time to take a picture of a speeding camel, I wonder? I guess it has to be not the race winner then. Maybe the second best.
Camels have a special place in the traditional way of life in the Arab countries. They are friends and means of transportation, as well as food and entertainment.
Of all the camels in the world, most are domesticated, but some still run free in the wild. And one more interesting thing: when camels are thirsty, they are really thirsty: according to National Geographic, camels can drink up to 135 litres of water in just 13 minutes, if they feel like doing it.
Stay tuned for Destination Oman, Part Two: Muscat Festival.
One can’t escape the big bum era we are in, it’s everywhere from the celebs we see flaunting their derriere on the red carpet to the fitness pros we watch teaching us glute-only routines.
The words “Does my bum look big in this” has evolved from butt shaming to butt celebrating!
Now, there are many ways getting a big butt is possible in today’s world, but how about ditching those tough heavy workouts or high carb diets and just using fashion to deceive the eye.
In this blog I will go through some tips and tricks to the most commonly asked question that I get; How can I make my butt look bigger?
So can using clothing only really create such an illusion that people will perceive your behind bigger than it really is?
Let me explain the psychological part first, how an illusion will trick your brain;
“Optical illusions can use color, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image.”
Now that you understand the theory, let me share with you my top five tips:
Always choose a dark color, preferably black, for your upper body and a bright color for your lower body. This will make you look slimmer on your top and draw the eye to your bottom half. A white skirt is ideal.
A horizontal striped skirt is a must! And if you can pair it with a vertically striped top all the better. Horizontal stripes will make your behind look wider than it really is.
Any kind of stretchy material. You want the skirt to move with your body, anything restricted will do just that; restrict your booty from popping! My favorite is a four way stretch material as this really enhances curves.
Flared skirts and dresses are a go to, these create the perfect hourglass silhouette. What you want is to make your torso look slimmer and to keep the attention away from it. Any kind of flare grabs attention.
Loud prints. As demonstrated in our image, the sport suit is a bright & busy print which keeps your focus on where the colors are. Tie dye, flowers, animal print or any other kind of designs are all perfect to keep the focus exactly where you want it.
So ladies, there you have it, everything you need to know to give you those sexy curves. If you have them well this can enhance them and if you don’t then now you know how to create some illusions!
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Got any questions or feedback? You are welcome to drop us a line here and I will be happy to help.
I will be posting weekly blogs so stay tuned and if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know.