Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Peraduan Ratu Cantik Dengan Hadiah Jutaan RM di Gurun UAE

Dengan hadiah bernilai 40 juta Dirham, ribuan perserta sedang berhimpun di Madinat Zayed, sebuah bandar pedalaman di kawasan Barat Abu Dhabi untuk beradu kecantikan.
A camel beauty contest in Abu Dhabi is awarding dhs40 million in prizes, The world’s most lucrative camel beauty contest began yesterday, with thousands of dromedaries fluttering their long eyelashes and swaying their giant humps before waiting judges.
The Al Dhafrah Festival in the remote Western Region will give away dhs40 million and 143 trucks to celebrate Bedouin culture, dwarfing the prizes given to Miss World, or Miss Universe.
While the contestants may not be declaring their desire for world peace and to travel the world, their attitude before the judges is a key factor in choosing a winner. Thousands of camels have entered the beauty contest, where camels are assessed on strict criteria, including the shape of their ears and the size of their nose compared to the rest of the face.
The festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage as a way of preserving the UAE’s love of camels. As well as a beauty contest, the event includes a camel auction, date-wrapping competition, handicraft market and a photography and poetry competition.
The beauty contest will feature camels from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other countries. Prizes include new Range Rover and Toyota cars and millions of dirhams in cash. Last month, Australian camel expert Paddy McHugh had a chance to view one of the chief contestants, a gargantuan-sized black camel showed to him by a Sultan who organises UAE camel racing. “He was the biggest thing I’d ever seen in my life. He wasn’t a racing camel. He’s only role in life is to stand there looking like a million dollars,” he said.
McHugh, who organises a UAE-sponsored camel race in Australia, said the camel was worth approximately $5 million, as are many other top beauties.
He said his Australia race, the Sheikh Zayed International, included a beauty contest that was an enormous success with UAE visitors and Australians spectators alike. “There are now two very distinct forms of camel worlds in the UAE, the racing animal and the beauty competition. Both bring huge money and prestige to owners,” he said.
McHugh said that only camel experts can spot real beauties, but there are very obvious signs of a serious contender, such as body type, size and hump size, while the general attitude of the camel is also a key factor when prizes are awarded. He said the scores of judges also consider “add-ons in the dress up side of things”, such as flags and rhinestone harnesses.“Its very hard to explain what makes a good camel, but when you see it you know,” he said.

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Dancing celebrates camel’s victory

MADINAT ZAYED, AL GHARBIA // A group of judges huddled in the middle of the central competition area comparing notes on the 10 towering camels tethered to the sides of the pen.After much deliberation, the results were announced in reverse order.
The three most beautiful of the 10 finalists stood in front of the stands before the name of No 9’s owner was announced to great applause.
It was the first event of the mazayina, or camel beauty contest, at this year’s Al Dhafra Festival. A light Asayel camel belonging to Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan, was declared the most beautiful in its class by the judges from the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
As the winner was announced, gutras were thrown in the air and dozens of spectators rushed down onto the judging grounds. Some of them hoisted their canes in the air as they joined a traditional celebratory dance to music blaring from loudspeakers.
Other winners on the first day of the second edition of the annual festival included Mabroukan, a camel belonging to Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan, who bought the animal for a record Dh15 million at the first one in April.

Preparations in full swing for Al Dhafrah camel festival
The Al Dhafrah Festival organising committee is preparing to kick off the big event on December 23 in Madinat Zayed, Al Gharbia (Western Region).
It will run until January 1.
The festival is organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and is part of its strategy to preserve cultural heritage in the UAE.
It has been organised under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The festival started last year as an annual event and is dedicated to give life to the traditional camel-raising culture; the event includes a camel beauty contest, camel auction, date-wrapping competition, handicraft market and a photography and poetry competition.


Last year approximately 15,000 competitors from the UAE and GCC took part in the event and this year the number is expected to rise.
This increase is expected because of the recent transfer of camels from neighbouring GCC states to the UAE.
Mohammad Khalaf Al Mazrouei, general manager, ADACH, said: "The festival aims to preserve the authentic breeding line of local camels known as Asaile and Majaheem. The festival also aims to create awareness about Bedouin culture and encourage heritage-related tourism, which will make Al Dhafra an international tourist city."

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1 comment:

manlaksam said...

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