It highlights the role of camels in UAE culture

Al Dhafra Festival.. Heritage carried on the emergence of purebred strains

  • Al Dhafra Festival formed a foundation for preserving and preserving the heritage and passing it on to future generations.



Today, in Madinat Zayed, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, competitions and events for the closing of the 16th Al Dhafra Festival, which will continue until February 2, will be organized by the Abu Dhabi Festivals and Cultural and Heritage Programs Management Committee, and the strategic partner, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

The festival, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, sheds light on the role of camels in the culture and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council, through camel auctions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for purebred breeds of the categories of localities, majesties, purebreds, purebreds, and purebreds. In its 16th session, it includes four stations (Sweihan's auction, Razin's auction, Madinat Zayed's auction, and the closing festival, "Al Dhafra Festival").

Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs Management Committee in Abu Dhabi, appreciated the wise leadership’s support for heritage preservation projects, promotion and development of heritage festivals, enabling camel owners to continue breeding and caring for camels, and supporting those interested in falconry and horse competitions. Authentic Arabic, and heritage competitions, which made the Emirate of Abu Dhabi a unique model in the field of organizing heritage festivals, and working to expand, develop and develop them in order to preserve the cultural heritage of the UAE.

Al Mazrouei stressed that the Al Dhafra Festival has been graciously sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, since the first session in 2008, which formed a foundation for preserving our authentic cultural heritage, ensuring its preservation and transmission to future generations, in continuation of the approach of the late founding father. His Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, instilled in generations a love of heritage and pride in authentic customs and traditions.

Al Mazrouei also stressed that the Al Dhafra Festival comes within the framework of the Abu Dhabi Emirate's vision to preserve the heritage and associated customs, and to preserve the purebred camel breeds. Camels in Sweihan, Razeen and Madinat Zayed, in addition to the main auction at the Al Dhafra Festival site, and the development of camel auctions every year, whether in terms of the number of prizes and competitions or the number of participants, as it has become a major destination for camel owners and lovers of popular heritage.The closing camel competitions are the main competition in the Al Dhafra Festival, and the fourth stage in the season of camel auctions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It includes 101 races for which 947 prizes are allocated, with a total value of 53 million and 212 thousand dirhams, including 42 races for local camels, and 39 races for majestic camels. And six rounds for purebred camels, six rounds for purebred camels, six rounds for the Al-Mahaleb camel competition, and two prizes for Al-Bairaq Al-Emarat, worth six million dirhams, for the local and majahim categories. 

300 prizes and 3 million dirhams

The festival is witnessing the organization of 10 heritage competitions within 52 rounds, for which 300 prizes have been allocated, with a value of more than three million dirhams, including the falconry competition, the purebred Arabian horse race, the 2500-meter greyhound race, the heritage Arabian saluki competition, the dates competition and its packaging, the shooting competition, the falconry competition, And the sour milk competition, and the competition to put out the sitting and its shell, and the sheep of bliss competition.

Heritage market

Al Dhafra Heritage Market includes dozens of shops and mobile food carts, offering traditional Emirati and Gulf products, perfumes, incense, clothes, household items, artifacts, trip and camping tools, and many diverse heritage products, as it receives visitors daily throughout the festival period from four to ten in the evening.

Daily events and competitions are held during the market for the public through theatre, the Children’s Village and the booths, pavilions of a number of government and private agencies, handicraft and traditional cooking competitions, the Arabic coffee corner, and other distinctive corners that reflect to the visitor an aspect of the Emirati heritage, and the foreign markets (Million Street), Which reflects the passion of the Emiratis in particular and the peoples of the Arab Gulf region in general.

Lineages and owners

Al Dhafra Festival aims to preserve the purebred camel breeds, increase the number of camel owners participating in competitions and heritage competitions related to the culture and traditions of the people of the region, preserve the popular heritage, encourage members of the Emirati and Gulf society to practice it in all its forms, strengthen human and social ties, in addition to contributing In developing domestic and Gulf tourism, stimulating economic activity, and strengthening the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to be the first destination for camel auctions and heritage events locally, regionally and internationally.

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