Camel Beauty Competition Oman
Muscat in Oman has been hosting a “Camel Beauty Competition”. I had never heard about anything like that before. Most probably because I don’t consider the camel to be a thing of beauty, though the girls think they are cute.
Camel Beauty Pageant Competition Muscat
Each camel had a barefoot handler in snowy dishdasha who was leading her (or maybe it was him? Yeah, I actually never thought that there could be such a thing as a beautiful male camel) on the leash during the contest. I tried to learn from one of the guides what makes a camel beautiful, but due to my limited Arabic and his limited English, I learnt nothing.
Then I asked uncle google and discovered that a beautiful camel has a large head with a big nose, a droopy lip, long whiskers and long eyelashes. The last one is the only thing which for me is pretty. The girls had already been doing their own internet research and explained that camels have two layers of eyelashes to protect themselves from the sand and they can close their nostrils during sandstorms for the same purpose.
Prizes for camel beauty competitions in Saudi this year totalled more than $50 million, and for these stakes apparently some unscrupulous handlers were disqualified for the use of Botox on camels. If they have so much spare Botox in Saudi, maybe I should put it on my itinerary.
If you don’t like Camels you can always drive to Ras al Jinz and see turtles