Special status to camels in Oman
June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
by ONA
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said allocates an annual competition for the camel racing sport.

Wadi Bani Khalid: Oman is one of among the Gulf countries that accords special status to camels. Camel race is a local sport eagerly followed by the public and its raising is seen as a sign of pride as it is linked to the Omani citizens since ancient times.

The relationship between the Omanis and camels is deep rooted.

The camel is nicknamed "ship of the Desert" as an evidence of hardship bearing and its ability to withstand thirst, as well as it goes a long distance cruising areas and villages in the past.

Camels enjoy in the Sultanate of Oman a great care as the government of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has given much attention to camels through the establishment of veterinary clinics, in addition to the Royal Camels Corps, which looks after camels in the Sultanate. There is also the Omani Camel Racing Federation.

These two institutions are the most important government institutions that are interested and care for camels in the Sultanate.

There is a classification for age of camels.

For example, Haja'ej are less than three years in age; Laqaya 3-4 years old; Yeada' 4-5 years old; Thanaya 5-6 years old and Hool are more than 6 years old. A six-month old camel is called Hawar; one year Makhlool; from one to two years Mafrood ; from two to three Hiq ; four years old is called Jitha; from five to six years old Thnai, while Al Fatir camel is a she camel that has given birth more than five times and considered old. The Royal Camel Corps is interested in the authentic Omani camels by offering care and following scientific methods in breeding that are available at “The Camel Breeding Centre”.

The Royal Camel Corps keeps records of camels in terms of type, ancestry and other details. It takes part in local and regional races, and keeps records of results of races and encourages camel racing sport in the Sultanate.

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said allocates an annual competition for the camel racing sport (His Majesty's Cup for camel racing).

Omani Camel Racing Federation (OCRF) was declared in 2006. With the beginning of the activities of OCRF, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said allocates RO 1.000.000 to the camel racing sector and are spent on establishing race tracks.

The Royal Camel Corps expanded in organizing the races in the various governorates and regions of the Sultanate, which has a big role in the spread of the sport and the enthusiasm of citizens to acquire the best camels and breeding them. OCRF organizes many races in the various governorates and wilayats of the Sultanate.

The most important of which are the annual camel race in the Governorate of Dhofar and in the Governorates of Al Batinah, A'Sharqiyah, A'Dhahirah and A'Dakhiliyah. OCRF also organizes annually the final race of camel racing in the Wilayat of Sohar, where various governorates of the Sultanate participate. On the sidelines of the race, there is an exhibition for Bedouin products, which are displayed in the Heritage Village.

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