Before the oil boom, camels were the most important status marker for rich sheiks - and almost nothing has changed. Camels are still an important status symbol, but are no longer crucial for survival. Instead, it is through success on the racetrack a camel can give its owner priceless honor and respect.

The beloved camels are deeply rooted in the culture. After all: it was thanks to the camels the Bedouins could survive in the desert. They were called "Ata Allah," the greatest gift from God.

Shot for Terra Mater Magazine.