In pictures: Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert west of Abu Dhabi

The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore.
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Emirati competitors take part in the Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert, 150 kms west of the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi.
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A man takes part at the Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert, 150 kms west of the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi.
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Saudi and Emirati participants prepare a camp at the Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert, 150 kms west of the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi.
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Arabian Saluki dogs race during the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert near the city of Madinat Zayed, 150 kms west of Abu Dhabi.
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Saudi and Emirati participants prepare a camp at the Dhafra Camel Festival in the desert, 150 kms west of the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi.