x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Celebrating the President's camels

The National Theatre is transformed into a desert landscapein homage to the achievements of the President's camels.

The National Theatre was transformed into a desert landscape last night in homage to the achievements of the President's camels. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister, and organised by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach), the nation's first Presidential Camels Festival was a three-hour celebration of poetry, music and dance to mark the end of the camel-racing season.

Hamed Said, an Emirati poet, put on a rousing show. Then came a traditional Bedouin folk dance. The winner of the Millions Poet competition, Ziad bin Hijab bin Nahit, delivered a poem about Sheikh Khalifa's star camel Nahab, which won the Golden Sword race in Qatar last month. The evening closed with musical performances from Hussein al Jasmi, Aidha al Manahili, and Hamad al Amri.