Ḥumr An-Naʿam – the Arabic term for the finest camel – reclaims the desert’s forgotten and neglected titan. Despite thousands of years of loyal service to desert dwellers, the camel has suffered as more and more cities have sprung up all over the once bare Arabian Peninsula. But thanks to the initiative of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, camels have been restored to their position at the heart of the region’s ethnographic and historical identity. Ḥumr An- Naʿam, Treasure of the Desert, explores the growth of the camel industry, particularly camel racing, which has preserved the sacred status of the animal.
Aditi Belame Kumar was born in Bangalore, South India and emigrated to Al Ain, UAE with her family at a young age. After completing her undergraduate degree at Tulane University in the United States, she earned an MBA from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She currently lives in Dubai. Ḥumr An-Naʿam, Treasure of the Desert is Aditi’s first book.
Published: March 2018