Treating Bumps and Humps: Dubai Opens First of Its Kind $10 Million Camel Hospital

Camels remain an important part of the Gulf Arab state's heritage

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A camel receives an injection before foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017.
A camel receives an injection before foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
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Pristine operating theatres and state-of-the-art medical equipment are featured in a new Dubaihospital that opened last week - exclusively for camels.

Camels remain an important part of the Gulf Arab state's heritage. Camel races and camel beauty pageants are a favourite recreation for locals, and some beasts fetch millions of dollars at auctions in the country.

Preserving that heritage is part of the purpose of DubaiCamel Hospital, which cost 40 million dirhams ($10.9 million) and is the first of its kind in the world, said Mohamed Al Bulooshi, the hospital's director.

A camel is seen during foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar

"We found that we must care for camels not only by breeding and raising them, but also by being able to medically treat them," Bulooshi said.

Staffed by a team of international veterinarians, the hospital, can treat 20 camels. It's also equipped with a mini-race track to get the camels up and running after their medical procedures.

Its customised equipment was adapted from equestrian medical equipment to accommodate camel treatment. A surgery starts at $1,000 and an X-ray or ultrasound at $110.

The hospital intends to help in the research and development of camel medicine, Ahsan Ul Haq, the facility's head of marketing and finance, in an effort "to unfold the secrets of this strange desert animal," he said.

A camel receives an injection before a foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017.Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
A camel receives an injection before foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
A camel is seen as he is being brought for the foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017.Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
A camel receives an injection before foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
A camel stands in the surgical stall at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
Medical staff take an x-ray of a camel's foot before surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
Dr Cedric Chan conducts foot surgery on a camel at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar
Dr Cedric Chan conducts foot surgery on a camel at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Satish Kumar

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