Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Meghan cheered on first joint royal trip

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, third right, are welcomed by well-wishers after arriving by Royal Train at Runcorn Station, north west England on Thursday, June 14. (AP)
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) arrives with Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire on June 14, 2018. ( AFP)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Meghan cheered on first joint royal trip

RUNCORN, England: Crowds cheered Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, as they arrived in the English county of Cheshire on Thursday to begin their first official joint royal trip without Prince Harry.
Meghan, who married the monarch’s grandson in a glittering ceremony at her Windsor Castle home last month, traveled by the Royal Train to northwest England for a day of events.
The queen, 92 and Meghan, 36, will first officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a new toll bridge over the River Mersey and one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects in recent years.
The pair were greeted by schoolchildren who waved Union flags and cheered.
Meghan, a former American actress and star of the TV drama “Suits,” wore a cream caped dress while the queen appeared in a lime green ensemble.
In Chester the pair will open the Storyhouse, a library, theater and cinema complex, and watch a dance performance and listen to songs performed by local schoolchildren before having lunch at the town hall.


Camel racing: An Arabian sport loved by the region’s people

Updated 14 August 2018
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Camel racing: An Arabian sport loved by the region’s people

  • Camel racing is among the most famous traditional sports in the Arab world
  • The camels that take part in races are known as “Thaluls” in Arabic

RIYADH: Camel racing is among the most famous traditional sports in the Arab world, which even dates back to the pre-Islamic era, when tribes organized the races to show off the strong camels they owned.
The races continued during the subsequent Islamic era, promoting the practicing of equestrian sports and bravery.
Prophet Muhammad’s companions were known for camel racing.
The camels that take part in races are known as “thaluls” in Arabic, or riding camels.
Among the most famous ones are: Thalul Al-Hurra (aka The Free Camel), as well as those from central and northern the Arabian Peninsula, such as Aseela, from the Thalul Al-Hurra breed, and the Omani Thaluls, known for being a graceful, slim and noble type of camels.
And the Sudanese Thaluls, which are known for the strength and patience and adapting to the challenging desert conditions.
The camels are known for their tolerance to thirst and traveling longer distances than horses.
Though camels are slightly slower than horses, some types of camels have traveled distances on speed that exceeds those of horses, as good camels can travel 40 kilometers continuously in one hour.
Good racing camels are known for specific characteristics that distinguish them from other camels, such as light weight, small palms, large chest size, long legs and long tail.
Racing camels undergo a special diet to help them get rid of excess fats, and the most important foods they feed on are dates, milk, honey, dry grass and corn.