The launch of the club sets to raise awareness about the country’s 900,000 camels; their peculiarities, dietary habits, and their survival tactics in the Arabian deserts, Arab News reported on Wednesday.
Club founder Homoud al-Qahtani said the new set-up will “help those who love camels.”
“We want to help those who love camels and want to know about the different species and their different colors,” he told the Saudi-based daily.
“Camel rearing and racing are big hobbies in the Kingdom … Through the formation of such a club we want to bring all camel lovers together and organize joint activities,” he added.
The report did not state when the club is set to be established.
Saudi Arabia was home to the region’s largest camel beauty contest last year, where more than 13,000 camels from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Gulf Arab countries were herded inside a massive well-built enclosure in the Kingdom
Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has around 900,000 camels while there are nearly 380,000 camels in the UAE and 125,000 in Oman. The camel wealth is much smaller in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, according to reports from the Emirates 24/7 news website in December 2011.
And to test the water, Saudi camel owner Munahi Al-Dajani said he was all for the “camel club,” in comments made to Arab News.
“We have no such club, and I am all for it … This will bring all camel owners at one place and help them share their information about this particular animal,” Dajani said.