Fancy living like Bedouins back in the day? The fifth edition of Camel Trek 2019 is coming up in Dubai this January, taking residents on a journey through the sprawling deserts.
No experience needed
Residents and citizens can take part in the cultural adventure regardless of experience but will have to go through training. Selected participants will be trained at Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre’s (HHC) camel farm in Al Nakhra, off Dubai-Al Ain road before the 11-day trip, which will take place from 16th-25th January 2019 covering 500 kilometers.
Camel Trek 2019 is a free event and the organizing team will provide all the necessities, like tents, food and other basic provisions. There will be a medical team on standby too. During a briefing at the Youth Hub, Hind bin Demaithan Al Qemzi, HHC Director of Events said the 500 km journey would span across deserts in Al Ain, Dubai and Sharjah, giving participants the “perfect opportunity to learn the rich Emirati culture and old ways of the Bedouins.”
Promoting Emirati heritage
Part of the various events by HHC, established by Dubai’s Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Camel Trek comes in line with the Royal’s “belief in the importance of heritage” and “his desire to revive and spread the country’s rich history.” The cultural center also takes part in prestigious events like the Dubai World Cup and the Arabian Travel Market.
Residents and citizens interested in Camel Trek will first have to register their interest at email@example.com with the subject ‘Camel Trek 2019.’ Registered participants will then be required to undergo weekly training on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm at Al Nakhra. While training, participants will be taught “how to take care of their own camel, saddle, tether and feed it.”