Monday 14 December 2020

Camel (UAE, 1973)

OK, so it’s not technically a Christmas stamp, but I worried I was excluding large parts of the world that either aren’t Judaeo-Christian in tradition or that have a more secular postal system.

So here is a rather awesome camel from Umm Al Qiwain, circa 1973. Umm Al Quwain is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is the second smallest of the Emirates and home to around 72,000 people. It lacks the fossil fuel reserves of many of its neighbours and so relies on tourism and visitor economy for its main activities. Much of this emphasises traditional Arabic crafts. And it is also home to a very active camel racing scene.

Traditional Christmas scenes as depicted in the UK (and other Western nations) often focus on the farmyard animals – donkeys, horses, cattle and sheep. There’s a distinct lack of camels on our Christmas cards so let us celebrate with this one. See the second link below for some insight into camels in the Bible.

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