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Search for the perfect camel ends in Happiness

  |  February 13, 2014

AL DHAFRA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - December, 2013 - A beauty contestant and its adopted calf walk towards the entrance gates at Al Dhafra Festival, outside Madinat Zayed. Anna Zacharias
AL DHAFRA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - December, 2013 - A beauty contestant and its adopted calf walk towards the entrance gates at Al Dhafra Festival, outside Madinat Zayed. Anna Zacharias

Happiness is not a fish you can catch.

It is a camel you can race.

The truth is, races get a little boring when you don’t have someone to support.

My search for a debutant has not been an easy one. In a country full of camels, you wouldn’t think finding a star would be difficult, but my camel luck has been zero.

I sometimes feel it's the story of Goldilocks and the three camels.

First, there was Mahloul. I was there for her birth years ago. This was her rookie year. I planned to follow her to every race, support her (emotionally) during training. Mahloul grew up but did not grow enough. Mahloul was too small.

Then, there was Al Qahhar. The Subduer of All grew up big. He grew up strong. He grew up so big and so strong that he won first place at the Al Dhaid Festival last month and was sold for Dh1million. Once again, I was without a camel.

There were others. For a while, I got sidetracked by beauty pageant queens in the Western Region. I fell for Mahueba, a four-year-old Qatari. She won at the Al Dhafra Festival and returned to Qatar. I was left on my own, once again.

But now, my friend Hamad has promised a camel I can really follow.

Her name is Wanassa. It means happiness.

Wanassa is on her way to Qatar for a festival. We will meet for the first time when she returns.

Wanassa will be The One. Wanassa, I am told, is just right.