Approximately a dozen camels have been banned from this year’s Saudi Arabia camel beauty pageant as their handlers used botox to make them more attractive.
“The camel,” explained the chief judge of the show, Fawzan al-Madi, “is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. We used to preserve it out of necessity, now we preserve it as a pastime.”
With all the changes occuring in Saudi Arabia the Saudi authorities are trying to make the transition easier by emphasizing traditional aspects of their culture. And for Arabia, nothing is more essential than the camel, used for centuries for food, transport, as a war machine and companion.