Al-Sayahid, Saudi Arabia, December 30, 2023, The eighth edition of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival (KACF) is currently underway, featuring an International Camel Organization race with participation from seven foreign contestants. The festival, held under the theme "Glory to its people," is a celebration of camel culture and heritage, attracting participants from around the world.
Among the international competitors are four individuals from Britain, and one each from Germany, France, and the United States. This international dimension adds a diverse and global flavor to the festival, reflecting the organizers' efforts to encourage and draw participants from various corners of the world.
As part of the festival's initiatives to foster international participation, a dedicated race for foreign members of the International Camel Organization has been included in the lineup. This strategic move not only promotes cultural exchange but also showcases the festival's commitment to becoming a global platform for camel enthusiasts.
In addition to the international race, the KACF boasts a robust program of activities, encompassing over 320 races specifically designed for local participants. These races feature various camel breeds, including Mazayen, Hajin, Hajij, Tabba, Majahim, Maghathir, Asayel, Sahil, and Muhajinat, highlighting the rich diversity of camel breeds and their significance in the cultural tapestry of the region.
The inclusion of both local and international competitions underscores the festival's dedication to preserving and promoting the heritage of camel racing, while also creating an inclusive space for camel enthusiasts worldwide. As the KACF unfolds, it continues to serve as a testament to the enduring importance of camels in the cultural and historical identity of Saudi Arabia and beyond.