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Camel a symbol of tradition and environmental balance

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Salalah: The traditional Omani profession of camel husbandry continues to hold a significant place, particularly in Dhofar Governorate.

As one traverses the cities of Dhofar, it becomes evident that camels are not an uncommon sight, gracefully scattered across the mountains and occasionally strolling through the streets. In a display of respect, motorists pause their cars, allowing these majestic creatures to pass undisturbed.

The landscape of Dhofar's mountains and hills sets an awe-inspiring stage for camel grazing, often captured through the lens of photographers, showcasing the governorate's natural beauty and the bond between camels and their caretakers.

Environmental preservation and camel welfare go hand in hand for the camel owners in Dhofar Governorate. Each year, they undertake a crucial practice of relocating camels away from the mountains and slopes during the autumn season when rain showers dampen the terrain. By moving the camels to flatter areas, such as the plains or the Najd region, they protect the animals from the dangers of slipping and skidding on the moist ground.

Ahmed bin Salem al Mashaikhi, a camel breeder, says that camels have a distinct gait that is not well-suited for navigating wet slopes and rainy conditions. “Thus, the responsible relocation of camels during such times is vital to ensure their physical well-being and preserve the delicate environmental balance.”

The camel husbandry in Oman stands as a timeless testament to the nation's rich cultural heritage. From the captivating presence of camels amid Dhofar's natural wonders to the conscientious practices of their caretakers, this tradition embodies a harmonious coexistence between the people, the animals and the environment.

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