Al Dhafra is a small town west of Abu Dhabi. The Camel Beauty Contest (Mazayna) is one of the authentic traditions in the region and it reflects the feelings of pride and prestige. The Festival, which began on December 22 and lasts for two weeks, is now on its seventh year and also features horse and dog races, a falconry competition, auctions, markets and other activities showcasing the UAE’s culture and folklore. The judges are looking for big heads, wide necks, firm ears, broad cheeks and big, big whiskers. The colour and posture of the camel are also important.