An animal hospital has opened in Dubai. Not that an animal hospital is necessarily anything new, but one especially for camels is a first of its kind though. As Dubai is keen on preserving its heritage now that the country, and the whole of the United Arab Emirates is undergoing modernization, a hospital for its trusted ‘ship of the desert’ as the camels are known in the Arab world, was indeed a likely outcome.
With a cost of $11 million, it is of a similar built as is offered to the royal racehorses, but this time structured with a smaller track, and with adapted beds fitted for camels. Next to an operating theater and an x-ray room with MRI, and CAT scan facilities are to be installed shortly.
The director of the newly opened hospital, Mr Al Bulooshi stated: "There are a lot of equine hospitals because horses have existed for centuries as have their races but for camels, no."
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"We are very interested in preserving our heritage. And we found that we must care for camels, not only by breeding and raising them but also by being able to medically treat them."
Camels are a part of Arab culture and their tradition. Ever since the beginning when people lived in the Arab peninsula, camels have had a signiﬁcant place in their history and heritage.
Furthermore, camel racing is something that keeps up growing over the traditional Arab culture. Arab tribes in the region conduct races among themselves on occasions like weddings.
Staff working at the exclusive hospital were recruited from the UK and Mexico.