Dubai is home to the only advanced medical facility dedicated to treating camels. The Dubai Camel Hospital is a $10 million state-of-the-art safe haven for the animals, who come from as far as the Northern Emirates and Oman.
The hospital opened in 2017, and since then has become so popular it is now preparing to expand by 50 per cent.
3 Taking Care Of Dubai’s Beloved Camels
Camels are adored in the United Arab Emirates and an important part of the country’s heritage. The animals have been thriving in recent years thanks to government-led beauty competitions and racing. In fact, camel racing has become one of the most popular sports in the country.
The UAE is home to 300,000 camels, and they have long been used for food, milk and transportation but they were originally bred for racing. According to the director of the Dubai Camel Hospital, the facility looks after everyone’s camels in the region – including the royal family’s – and they typically care for the animals when they are not doing well or get injured in a race.
2 The Glamorous Life At The Dubai Camel Hospital
Because the value of a well-bred camel is so high, the Dubai Camel Hospital has become an important outlet for owners. The hospital has 65 staff members, including an international team of veterinarians and specialists. The high-tech facility has the capacity to treat 22 camels at the same time. To do that, doctors use medical equipment from the United States and Europe that is specially modified to work on the half-ton desert animals.
Surgery prices can start as low as $1000 – the cheapest service the Dubai Camel Hospital offers is ultrasounds at $110. It also has a pharmacy that sells prescription drugs for the camels’ aftercare needs. The hospital has two operating rooms and a VIP room for owners to watch surgeries live in high definition. The facility is also home to a five-meter endoscopy device that is only the third of its kind in the world and the first outside of the USA.
1 How The Dubai Camel Hospital Plans To Expand
In order to improve services and expand the hospital by 50 per cent, the Dubai Camel Hospital is looking ahead to 24-hour surveillance post-surgery. One of the doctors at the hospital, Dr. Claire Booth, says rehabilitation is extremely important and the camels need to be nursed back to full health with daily physiotherapy. This includes stretching exercises and runs on the hospital’s mini racetrack. The facility is also looking towards reproduction programs. They say these programs can provide important evolutionary research from breeding to causes of death. The Dubai Camel Hospital also has plans to build an outpatient clinic within the next five years.