A beauty contest winning camel may easily sell for AED 3,000,000! To get her look her best, she is kept on a diet of honey, milk and olive oil, as well as top quality grass. Some Emirati Bedouin spend as much as AED 12,000 daily just on food for a camel.
“Bedu notice everything and forget nothing. Garrulous by nature, they reminisce endlessly, whiling away with the chatter the long marching hours, and talking late into the night round their camp fires. Their life is at all times desperately hard, and they are merciless critics of those who fall short in patience, good humour, generosity, loyalty, or courage. They make no allowance for the stranger. Whoever lives with the Bedu must accept Bedu conventions, and conform to Bedu standards. Only those who have journeyed with them can appreciate the strain of such a life.”
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