In years gone by, camels would be traded in the desert as a form of currency. "I will reward you with 1000 camels" or phrases of such nature. Whether at this point in time, actual camels were used or the promise of camels is not known, but either way, the camel has a sort of value of currency, bartering or otherwise.
These days, camels are traded in the the camel markets, either as a sort of livestock for their meat, their milk and increasingly, for their supposedly health camel milk ice scream. (Go to Al Ain to see them traded) They are also used in racing, not jockeyed by kids any more, but by the robojockeys.
With the increase in the price of oil, something else is happening:As the cost of running gas-guzzling tractors soars, even-toed ungulates are making a comeback, raising hopes that a fall in the population of the desert state’s signature animal can be reversed.
“It’s excellent for the camel population if the price of oil continues to go up because demand for camels will also go up,” says Ilse Köhler-Rollefson of the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development. “Two years ago, a camel cost little more than a goat, which is nothing. The price has since trebled.”
Interesting times for those with camels, who have endured years of camel snorts.
Camel demand soars
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