For all the futuristic novelties to be found in the UAE, some of the the country’s most endearing and best loved sights are the ones linked to traditional activities such as camel auctions and races, which are enjoyed by the locals and tourists alike; among them is the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival, which takes place each year in late December in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi. This year, the festival, which attracted participants from around the Gulf region, included a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country’s folklore.