If Saudi Arabia’s transformation into a tourism hub hasn’t convinced you to visit the country, this camel-related news may break your reluctance. The King Abdul Aziz Camels Festival is back with camel beauty contests (with prizes worth Dh11 billion) in the Al Dahna desert, 120km from Riyadh, until February 1.

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Events include camel hair and sand art, workshops, theatre, traditional dance and poetry, exhibitions and a heritage market. Visit alaibilfestival.com.