Camels during the sixth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, 161km from the capital Riyadh. The festival this weekend has, for the first time, introduced a round for female camel owners. Photo: AFP
Camels during the sixth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, 161km from the capital Riyadh. The festival this weekend has, for the first time, introduced a round for female camel owners. Photo: AFP

Women’s camel beauty contest makes debut in Saudi Arabia

  • For first time, women allowed to take part in prestigious King Abdelaziz Festival; previously a men-only affair in conservative kingdom
  • One participant says staging a contest for women ‘is a big step forward’

Topic |   Saudi Arabia
Camels during the sixth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, 161km from the capital Riyadh. The festival this weekend has, for the first time, introduced a round for female camel owners. Photo: AFP
Camels during the sixth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, 161km from the capital Riyadh. The festival this weekend has, for the first time, introduced a round for female camel owners. Photo: AFP
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