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At the Liwa Desert

This gallery comprises photos from the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival on December 23, 2012.

The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore.  — Photos and Text by AFP

An Emirati man holds his falcon at the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
An Emirati man holds his falcon at the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
A general view shows striations of a dune in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
A general view shows striations of a dune in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
Camels walk in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
Camels walk in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
An Emirati man holds a falcon as children watch at the Liwa Desert. ? AFP Photo
An Emirati man holds a falcon as children watch at the Liwa Desert. ? AFP Photo
Emirati men hold their falcons at the Liwa desert. ? AFP Photo
Emirati men hold their falcons at the Liwa desert. ? AFP Photo
Camels walk in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
Camels walk in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
Camels gather in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo
Camels gather in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival. ? AFP Photo

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