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Women compete in Saudi festival’s camel beauty contest for first time

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Fri, 2022-01-07 19:14

RIYADH: Twenty-five female camel owners have been allowed to showcase their animals for the first time in a beauty contest at a major festival taking place in Saudi Arabia.

The sixth edition of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival has introduced an open round for women with maghatirs, an ancient and highly valued breed of camel.

A committee of judges will grade the animals in three color categories and an individual class.

The Saudi Camel Club has been keen to encourage the involvement of women in regional and international camel competitions.

Women compete with their camels in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which begins Friday, and ends Saturday in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
Women compete with their camels in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which begins Friday, and ends Saturday in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
Women compete with their camels in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which begins Friday, and ends Saturday in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
Women compete with their camels in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which begins Friday, and ends Saturday in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
Women compete with their camels in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which begins Friday, and ends Saturday in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
Women compete with their camels in the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which begins Friday, and ends Saturday in Riyadh. (AN Photo/Saad Al-Dosari)
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