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Title: Socio-economic characteristics of ordinary and racing camel owners in Al-Jenadriyah in the city of Riyadh, K.S.A.
Author: Al-torki, Khalid A.
Awarding Body: Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2003
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For centuries, camel ownership has had a major role throughout Saudi Arabian society. This research is concern with the socio-economic characteristics of ordinary and racing camel owners in Al-Jenadriyah in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh region of Saudi Arabia rank first in camel production. The number of camels in the study area is estimated at 100,436 heads representing 34% of the total number of camels in the Saudi Arabia. Quantitative and qualitative data were obtained by three methods: Interview schedules were distributed to all ordinary and racing camel owners in the study area regarding their socio-economic characteristics. Participant observation was conducted and life histories were taken also. The quantitative data were analysed using descriptive (frequency and percentage) and inferential (chi-square) statistics. The findings revealed that camel owners enjoy their way of life and will not give it up unless compelled to do so. Although camels are their wealth, they are mostly reluctant to sell them. The camel is still a symbol of status and prestige, even in the era of automobile and pickup truck, because Saudi Arabia is a simple and traditional society and many Bedouins still conserve their traditions and old customs, even though they adopt a modern life-style in cities. The main problems facing camel owners were, for ordinary camel owners, the high price of fodder; and for racing camel owners, the shortage of camel riders. Thus, the former group perceived reducing fodder prices as the highest priority in order to improve and develop their society, while for racing camel owners, the main need expressed was for encouragement and support from the government. Certainly, as longs as the camel is able to play an important social role in the daily life of so many varied people, it will continue to flourish as a valued domesticated animal.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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