Camel Caravan on Block 338

فأكل الجمل وعلى كل ما قامت.

He ate the camel and all that carried.

 To eat someone out of house and home.

– From the delightful Apricots Tomorrow by Primrose Arnander and Ashkhain Skipwith

To compete with the donkeys and elephants in Washington DC and the Arabian horses of Dubai, Bahrain has created a caravan of camels to enliven Block 338 and the Seef Mall Entrance.

In a bid to encourage the local artists’ paints to beautify the community, the government sponsored a camel painting contest.  Personally I liked number 23.

If you have always wanted a camel but were put off by having to feed it, then these are the camels for you.  They are up for auction.

Although real Bedouins will wonder what is the use of such a camel, for the city dweller, they are a perfect reminder of their ancestral past.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debbie Al Asfoor
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 10:53:44

    They would certainly brighten the place up. It would be nice to see the self inflicted slummy ghetto villages be lined with these brightly coloured camels but no doubt they’d be used as road blocks and burnt to a cinder….. such is their lack of discipline and desire to live in a clean environment. God forbid they ever have to clean up their own mess!


    • Eva the Dragon
      Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:49:10

      It would be kind of ironic if they were lined up at a village entrance then burned. Maybe the artists would protest.

      Although many of the camels incorporate the flag there was one in particular that was quite revolutionary. I was surprised it was included.

      It’s a real pity that even the poor Burgerland roundabout is again covered in graffiti.


  2. Beej
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:22:41

    Very colorful dudes, indeed.


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