Inspired by the Emirati Culture and heritage, Al Dhafra is an annual festival, held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The Festival seeks to bring together generations, cultivate patriotic spirit among young people, revive and perpetuate heritage.
Al Dhafra (Camel Beauty Contest) sheds light on the role of camels in the culture and heritage of the UAE. It includes many events, notably the Camel Mazayna (camel beauty contest), camel auctions, the traditional market, the Dates Competition, poetry, photography, folk music, the Falcon Competition, Arabian Saluki beauty championship, Arabian Saluki traditional race championship and other traditional activities. Participation in the camel beauty contest is open to purebred breeds, namely Al Asayel and Al Majahim. Hybrid breeds are not accepted.
In its 10th edition in 2016, the festival witnessed the inauguration of Al Dhafra Festival Heritage Souq, which is the biggest heritage souq in the western region, where visitors can enjoy authentic Emirati heritage.