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Posted On: 4 February 2010 11:57 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatari turns down QR25m offer for prized camel

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A Qatari Bedouin is so fond of his top-breed camels that he refused to sell one of the most prized ones when a UAE national recently offered him a staggering QR25m. A UAE-based FM radio station recently reported that Mubarak bin Abdullah Al Dhabit Al Dosri declined to give away an Omani top-breed camel even for QR25m. The man said he was following the directives of the Emir, H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the Heir Apparent, H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, that Qatari heritage must be preserved. The camel in question had won many prestigious races not only in Qatar but in the United Arab Emirates as well, and in several categories. A close relative of Mubarak, Mohamed Matar Al Dhabit Al Dosri, told The Peninsula that the former raised top-breed racing camels in line with Bedouin traditions and he was very fond of his animals. “Breeding camels is a very profitable business and is part of the Bedouin culture as well. Mubarak owns a camel breeding farm,” said Mohamed Matar. He refused to give personal details about Mubarak when asked what he did for a living, what his age was, how many children he had and where he lived. “Mubarak is from my family and he would not like if I talk of his private life,” said Mohamed Matar. Asked if the government provided support for camel breeding, Mohamed Matar replied in the affirmative. He said treatment of animals was free in many state-run veterinary centres.