It’s time for Camel Idol on Dubai holidays…

With X Factor over for another year, it’s hard to think of something which could fill the gap left by Diana and … that one who cried all the time.

However, for those lucky enough to be going on holidays to Dubai this week, it won’t be a problem at all.

This is because something very special – if not a little strange – is taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from December 23rd: the Camel Festival.

Although it may be similar in terms of the amount of fluttering long eyelashes and knobbly knees on show, the Camel Festival is likely to be much more exciting and probably less predictable.

According to the Khaleej Times, the competition will see over 30,000 camels compete in a huge beauty contest lasting 13 days.

No, we’re not sure how they can make it last that long, either – or whether celebrities will join the competitors for a duet in the grand final – but Ebrahim Al Mazrouei, the organiser of the festival, said that there is plenty of interest.

“Every day we are registering around 600 to 700 camels and we have to extend the registration deadline by one more day, in order to cope with all the arrivals,” he commented.

The Gulf Today states that there are around 375,000 camels in the UAE – presumably the other 345,000 were too shy to take part.

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