Rumah, Saudi Arabia:
With hot stalls and hot milk, life couldn’t be more glamorous for Saudi Arabia’s most beautiful camels when they stay at a luxury estate near Riyadh.
For 400 riyals (just over $100) a night, the camels are trimmed, groomed and groomed before entering beauty pageants where millions of dollars are at stake.
The camels, many of which are rented, are rigorously screened for Botox and other illegal enhancers, which could get them thrown out for fraud.
And it’s all done in a Covid safe environment to prevent any disruptive outbreaks.
Tatman, described as the first hotel for camels, is an open-air desert complex near the annual King Abdelaziz Festival, with a total prize pool of $66.6 million.
It’s a logical step for the lucrative Bay Area industry, where camels are prized as a symbol of traditional life.
The animals are judged on attributes including their lips, neck, hump and coloration, and the win is highly prestigious for their owners.
Omair al-Qahtani, from Saudi Arabia, inspected 80 camels that entered Tatman in 16 days, saying he would have to pay $160,000-213,000.
The facility is “very comfortable because the camels still receive regular medical care and check-ups,” the 51-year-old businessman told AFP.
It has 120 enclosures, including single and double enclosures, each equipped with a plastic container for water and fodder. Check out is 12:30 pm.
During their stay, 50 workers care for the animals and are kept under strict hygienic conditions to minimize the risk of contracting Covid.
In previous years, Qahtani and his assistants set up tents near the festival, tending and feeding the camels themselves.
Many of the four-legged guests competed in the Mazayen al-Ibl pageant, the world’s largest camel beauty pageant and a highlight of the King Abdelaziz Festival.
Mohamed al-Harbi, communications director for the camel club that organized the contest, said the team dreamed of building the hotel “to protect and preserve the camels and also to ease the burden on the owners.” “.
He said the hotel is very popular, bringing in more than $1.6 million in revenue.
Money isn’t a thing for some festival-goers, which feature well-appointed buildings and tents in the middle of the desert, and booths for luxury automakers Rolls-Royce and BMW. .
Saudi Arabian enthusiasts can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on camels entering the contest, where unscrupulous competitors sometimes seek an illegal advantage.
Forty-three camels were excluded from the festival when camel testers discovered violations such as Botox, silicone and fillers injected into the lips, hump and tail.
But Harbi said the hotel provides a “check” so people “can spot any tampering early on,” assuring that their rented animals won’t be sent off packed.
This is a big advantage, says Qahtani, as verified camels can be fined up to $26,000.
The competitions “reinforced the obsession with camels in Saudi Arabia,” Harbi said.
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