Dubai opens $10 million camel hospital

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Dr Cedric Chan conducts a foot surgery on a camel at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai. (Reuters)
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Above, a camel is being hoisted in the operating table for foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai. (Reuters)
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A camel is being prepped for during foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai. (Reuters)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Dubai opens $10 million camel hospital

DUBAI: Pristine operating theaters and state-of-the-art medical equipment are featured in a new Dubai hospital 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 favorite recreation for locals, and some beasts fetch millions of dollars at auctions in the country.
Preserving that heritage is part of the purpose of Dubai Camel Hospital, which cost Dh40 million (SR40.84 million) and is the first of its kind in the world, said Mohamed Al Bulooshi, the hospital’s director.
“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 customized 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.


‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

Updated 18 June 2019
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‘Hunger Games’ prequel book and film planned

  • The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days”
  • Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned

LOS ANGELES: A new “Hunger Games” novel set decades before the original best-selling trilogy will be published next year, its publisher said Monday, with plans for an accompanying film already under way.
The book will revisit the macabre post-apocalyptic world of Panem created by Suzanne Collins’ young adult novels, which were adapted into one of Hollywood’s biggest movie franchises starring Jennifer Lawrence.
The original books, which sold more than 100 million copies, told the story of Katniss Everdeen, a teenage heroine forced by the realm’s totalitarian leaders to participate in a reality TV-style fight to the death.
The new book will revisit Panem 64 years before the events of the trilogy during a period known as the “Dark Days,” in which the nation “struggles to get back to its feet” after a devastating war, Collins said.
Four films based on the trilogy of novels — the final book was split into two parts — turned Lawrence into an A-list movie star and grossed $2.97 billion worldwide.
Movie studio Lionsgate said another film was already being planned.
“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
“We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”
Author Collins said the book would explore “the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.”
The as-yet untitled book will be published on May 19, 2020.