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Camel fetches $2.7 million

MADINAT ZAYED, United Arab Emirates – Dubai’s crown prince paid $2.7 million for a camel during a desert festival celebrating Bedouin traditions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, state-run media said Tuesday.

The festival also included a camel beauty contest, where thousands of owners strutted their animals in a bid for the top prize of finest overall camel and separate categories such as best neck, head, lips, nose, hump, legs or feet.

Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the son of Dubai’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed, bought 16 camels for $4.5 million, including one female camel for $2.7 million.

The state news agency WAM called the price tag “unprecedented,” but it was not clear if it was an official record.

There was no indication what Hamdan planned to do with the animal, though female camels are often used for racing.