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03 November, 2006

Camel catastrophe

Many sandlanders drive in a sense of fear along desert highways such as the Hatta road, in case a stray camel runs from behind a dune into their car and dies. According to expat urban legend, a camel costs twice the blood money of a human (which is Dh200,000), and it is always the motorist's fault.

Not quite true, going by this recent court case:

"A UAE national was fined dhs400 for running over a camel in an accident in Ras Al-Khaima, a report said. RAK traffic court fined the 28-year-old man, identified only as MM, for killing the camel and allowed the owner to file a civil case for compensation, Al Bayan reported. The man was driving his car recklessly in October when he hit the camel. The camel’s 61-year-old owner was fined dhs200 for failing to look after the animal."

While it's possible that this was a prime racing camel worth several million, chances are the final tab will come in at significantly less than 400k. Which frankly should be split between the motorist and the owner, if he was also judged negligent, but the vagaries of UAE law are generally beyond mortal understanding.

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14 Comments:

Blogger Shaper85 said...

I remember when I was younger I saw a picture that showed how especially dangerous hitting a camel is - in a car, hitting a camel means hitting its legs and then their body smashes onto the windshield. Thats probably why most speed demon locals prefer SUV's nowadays.

03 November, 2006 06:05  
Blogger Hatem said...

As far as I know in Saudi, and probably here in UAE, hitting a camel from 6 AM to 6 PM is the motorist fault, and from 6 PM to 6 AM is the owner’s fault. This is what I heard in KSA and I don’t know if it’s official. So probably this accident happened at night.

03 November, 2006 12:28  
Blogger The kaapi editor said...

And hitting a camel at the stroke of midnight will turn it into a handsome Bedu prince...

03 November, 2006 20:21  
Blogger Balushi said...

You should always be a Camel or a camel owner in this country if wanna live happily ever after!!!



Or a Dog in the west!

04 November, 2006 16:05  
Blogger Sex and Dubai said...

@ the Kaapi Editor: LOL. We are getting into our SUVs right now and going camel humping! eeerrr..hunting.

04 November, 2006 23:01  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

I can confirm that, in Qatar at least, hitting a camel on the road at night was judged by the Constabulary to be the owner's fault.

Read what happened to me here. As shaper85 says, the animal's body slides up the car bonnet and in through the windscreen. I was lucky in that in my case it was a glancing blow. The camel hit the door pillar and went over the roof.

05 November, 2006 08:11  
Blogger i am local (not) said...

So what happens if a local runs in front of your car, do you pay blood money for a human or camel ? lol

05 November, 2006 12:27  
Blogger 9mm said...

On an unrelated note.....check out the responses to the letters on job discrimination in dxb

05 November, 2006 17:32  
Blogger ssosw said...

Unrelated

http://www.prwatch.org/tbwe/docs/tbwe_intro.pdf

06 November, 2006 09:48  
Blogger ssosw said...

http://www.prwatch.org/tbwe/index.html

06 November, 2006 09:56  
Blogger dontfearfreedom said...

SSOSW,

Todays blog entry is about the dangers of hitting camels in cars.

If you want to express your thoughts on the Bush administration, the war on terror, the invasion of Iraq or everything else that has been done to death, please go and do it somewhere where people give a toss and not here where I like to read about Dromedary based vehicular mishaps.

06 November, 2006 10:13  
Blogger DesertNorm said...

Anybody here run over Colin Powell in their car ?

How about any members of any Bush administration, past or present ?

I bet Madeleine Albright would be messy. I'm getting an SUV.

06 November, 2006 16:35  
Blogger The kaapi editor said...

We are getting into our SUVs right now and going camel humping! eeerrr..hunting.

Heh heh heh. Bong bong bong bong bong bong bong bong bong bong bong bonk!

06 November, 2006 21:12  
Blogger S. said...

Who's talking about stroking a Bedu prince at midnight..?

I guess thats one way to have an "accident"

07 November, 2006 21:20  

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